All signs pointed to yet another third period collapse by the Buffalo Sabres. They had done it at least 4 other times this season and after blowing a 3-1 lead, the momentum was suddenly with the Florida Panthers. In came Curtis Brown to the rescue, scoring the winning goal when it appeared as if the game were going into overtime.
Archives for November 13, 2001
'The two teams combined for 113 penalty minutes in the third period. Worrell earned 29 of them personally with eight seconds left in the contest. He was called for roughing, instigating and fighting and added a misconduct and a game misconduct. Worrell finished with 35 penalty minutes in the game.'
'"I said to V that I'm partially to blame for the way Varada plays. I dictate him playing on the edge, and that he is the salt in our team. He can get under guys' skin, he can disrupt play," Ruff said of the winger, who Sunday received his second suspension in just over two weeks. "I'm going to have to be the guy that tells him to tone it down now, because now you might as well put a big target on him. "I've got the utmost respect for the way he's played, and probably the fact he got three games is attributed to the way I want him to play."'
'Buffalo is 1-3-1 against Western Conference opponents, with the only win coming at home against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 23.'
'In six previous games between these teams, the home team has never won. Buffalo is 3-0 in Nashville, while the Predators are 2-0-1 in Buffalo.'
'"Other than five minutes, it was our worst effort of the year," Sutter said. "I'm not very happy with the effort. We didn't find a way to lose after we tied the hockey game. We found a way to lose before that. And, yeah, it's a concern. Huge."'
'The Panthers at times were severely outplayed, especially in the first when they allowed Buffalo three goals, two on the power play. They were outshot 31-19.'
'Florida came out inexplicably flat, gave up three goals in a horrid first period and ultimately dropped a 5-3 decision to the Buffalo Sabres at National Car Rental Center. While the official record shows the game-deciding goal came with 1:17 remaining in regulation, this was a game Florida lost much earlier.'
'The late Buffalo flurry erased a two-goal third period comeback by the Panthers, who pulled even on goals by Pavel Bure and rookie Kristian Huselius.'
'Curtis Brown scored the go-ahead goal with 77 seconds remaining and J.P. Dumont recorded a hat trick, lifting the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-3 victory over the Florida Panthers.'