Just seconds away from a shootout, Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers picked up the puck in his own end, lugged it coast to coast, and blasted a slap shot passed Florida Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun to give his team a 3-2 overtime win, Thursday night in Florida. Myers streaked down the right wing and beat Vokoun over the shoulder with just five seconds left.
With the win, Buffalo moved just two points behind eighth place Carolina, with two games in hand.
After a scoreless first period, Buffalo opened the scoring at 10:22 of the middle stanza when Mike Weber wristed a shot from the point, that deflected off a Panthers player and through the five hold of Vokoun. The Sabres won the draw cleanly, setting up Weber with a quick shooting lane at the right point.
However, the Panthers tied the game at 1-1 on a late power play in the second period. Defenseman Jason Garrison shot the puck from the point, which deflected off the stick of Steve Bernier and passed Sabres goalie Ryan Miller. Bernier provided a nice screen and was credited for the goal, after it was originally credited to Garrison at 18:38.
Midway through the third period, Buffalo reclaimed the one-goal lead on a goal from forward Thomas Vanek at 8:59. Jason Pominville cut off a clearing attempt and threw it out in front of the net to a wide opened Vanek, who one-timed it over Vokoun’s shoulder.
But just 1:04 later, Florida scored the tying goal–that would ultimately force overtime–as defenseman Dennis Wideman pinched in from the blue line and sent a perfect pass to Marty Reasoner in the slot. Reasoner sniped a shot off the post and into the net at 10:03 to tie the game at 2-2.
The Panthers continue their five-game home stand Sunday afternoon when they welcome the San Jose Sharks to the Bank Atlantic Center.