BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) After getting booed off the ice in their last home game, the
Buffalo had one goal in its first two home games, but scored in all three periods Saturday.
''That's the way we have to play,'' Reinhart said. ''Right from the start with that mentality, and that's been the struggle this year. To finally come out with a big push in the first and continue that with all four lines was important for us tonight.''
''It's the first game I'm really disappointed,'' Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said. ''I thought we played well all season long. Tonight we didn't play well enough, we weren't even close to winning that hockey game.''
Nilsson, starting his third straight game in place of
This was the first shutout for Nilsson since March 4, 2012, during his rookie season with the Edmonton Oilers.
''Of course, that's always nice, but I think the most important thing is the two points we got tonight,'' Nilsson said. ''That's huge for us and it means a lot for our confidence.''
The Sabres scored twice on the power play while killing four penalties. The Panthers had a power-play goal in each of their last four games.
''Ultimately, it comes down to we weren't able to find one on the power play and get that jump or spark that we needed,'' Panthers defenseman
The Sabres took a 1-0 lead on Larsson's first goal of the year.
Okposo scored on the power play to make it 2-0 in the second period. Luongo stopped Reinhart's deflection of
A hooking penalty on
Florida: at Detroit on Sunday.
Buffalo: at Winnipeg on Sunday.