Panthers Cruise to 6-2 Win Over Sabres


BUFFALO, N.Y. — Michael Frolik scored twice, Dominic Moore and Rostislav Olesz had a goal and an assist each, and Tomas Vokoun made 26 saves in the surging Florida Panthers' 6-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.

Stephen Weiss and Cory Stillman also scored for the Panthers (8-9-2), who have turned things around after a 2-7-1 start. Florida, which beat Buffalo for the first time in five games, is 6-2-1 in its last eight games.

Drew Stafford and Clarke MacArthur scored, and Ryan Miller made 18 saves for Buffalo (12-5-1), which was denied in its attempt to string together a four-game winning streak for the third time this season.

Stafford opened the scoring with his sixth goal with 5:37 left in the first period. Stafford skated toward the net from the lower portion of the right circle before lifting the puck over Vokoun, who was on his knees. Frolik tied it 4 minutes later, netting his fifth goal on a one-timer from the high slot.

Weiss gave the Panthers a 2-1 edge 1:21 into the second period. After stopping Frolik's wrist shot, Miller swatted the puck right into Weiss, who deposited it into an empty net. Stillman upped Florida's lead with his sixth midway through the third, converting a 2-on-1 with Steven Reinprecht, before MacArthur made it 3-2 with 5:43 to go in regulation with a power-play goal.

Frolik, Olesz, and Moore iced the game with late third-period goals.

Florida defenseman Keith Ballard had three assists.

The teams won't meet again until March. … Stafford returned after missing a game because of a hip injury. … Buffalo LW Thomas Vanek extended his points streak to four games with an assist on Stafford's goal. … Frolik has goals in three of his last five games after going 11 straight games without one.

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