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Sabres fall short in 2-1 loss to Panthers, playoff hopes on thin ice

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  • Kyle Evans 

The Buffalo Sabres had a glorious opportunity on Tuesday night to inch closer to a playoff spot and essentially control their own destiny over the final six games of the regular season, but they struggled to generate offense and fell to the Florida Panthers, 2-1.

Buffalo opened the scoring at 8:58 of the first period as Dylan Cozens netted a power play goal, his 29th of the season, right after Alex Tuch had a goal taken off the board because of an offside.

Florida’s Aaron Ekblad tied the game with a power-play goal right before the end of the first.


After neither team found the back of the net in the second, Matthew Tkachuk potted what stood as the game-winning goal a minute into the final period.

Devon Levi made his second NHL start and stopped 34-of-36 shots.

Buffalo outshot the Panthers 40-36 and Zemgus Girgensons recorded a game-high seven shots on goal.

The Sabres will head to Detroit to take on the Red Wings on Thursday at 7 p.m.