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Nilsson, Sabres shut out Panthers 3-0

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PHILADELPHIA PA- OCTOBER 29 Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates a goal with teammates against Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at Wells Fargo Center

This was the first shutout for Nilsson since March 4, 2012, during his rookie season with the Edmonton Oilers.

The Panthers have lost five of six and are winless in the first three games of a four-game trip.

Regardless of how they approach Saturday's matinee against the Florida Panthers at KeyBank Center, the Sabres will need to toughen up. "Toronto was much like Pittsburgh", Gallant said.

Saturday afternoon, Nilsson got his redemption after losing his first two outings in games he performed well in.

"I thought we had some great chances in that second period", Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly said.

Eriksson Ek, who was the breakout star of the road trip, gave the Wild an early lead with a ridiculous sequence that featured him easily walking around defenseman Jake McCabe before befuddling goaltender Anders Nilsson with a perfectly placed bar down snipe. "We weren't even close to winning that hockey game".

The mood on the plane will be a positive one, with Friday's win over the Avalanche clinching the first two points the Jets have gained on the road this season. Thornton joined the fourth line and Kampfer took Michael Matheson's spot next to Jason Demers on the blue line.

"Today I think I felt good and the whole team played a very solid 60 minutes", Nilsson said.

MONTREAL QC- OCTOBER 29 A scuffle breaks out in front of goaltender Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre
Nilsson, Sabres shut out Panthers 3-0

Johan Larsson got the scoring started for the Sabres in the first period. Losing two top-six forwards on a team that's just beginning to climb out of the abyss that was two consecutive last place finishes isn't easy. "Not conditioning-wise or anything like that, just the pace of play, not seeing game action in a while". Forward Jared McCann, who was acquired from Vancouver after last season for defenseman Erik Gudbranson, has yet to post a point with eight shots in seven games. The Panthers have not only win 10 of the last 12 games against the Sabres, but Buffalo hasn't won a home game against Florida in almost two years. Though, Boudreau after the game said that it is possible Scandella could miss some time.

The Wild have scored 31 goals in eight games and every player has recorded a point. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. On Thursday, the Minnesota Wild skated circles around the Sabres en route to a 4-0 win. Roberto Luongo made 22 saves for Florida (3-4-1). But they had few good scoring chances. Florida's Vincent Trocheck shot high on a penalty shot with 57 seconds left in the third period.

"I felt like we were squeezing our sticks a little bit, grinding the sawdust a little bit", Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. The Sabres locked up the game in the third thanks to Sam Reinhart and a nice power play play to bank the puck off the back of Mark Pysyk from behind the net to put the Sabres up 3-0.

This was the first time Mark Pysyk and Dmitry Kulikov went head-to-head since being swapped for each other over the summer.

Faceoff in Winnipeg is scheduled for 3 p.m.

TV/radio: FSFL; WQAM 560; WMEN 640. Dubnyk was forced to stand on his head in that period, making 19 saves to preserve the lead.

Scouting report: The Panthers have taken the season series over the Red Wings the past three years and won the first meeting this season 4-1 on October 15.

Aleksander Barkov is scoreless in Florida's last four games. Florida's final regular-season visit to the venerable venue comes December 1.

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