BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Buffalo Sabres held two one goal leads Friday night against Florida, but they couldn't hang on as the Panthers would tie things up twice, and score the game winner in overtime to defeat Buffalo 3-2.
Jeff Skinner opened up the scoring halfway through the first period for the Sabres. Jack Eichel slid a pass to Sam Reinhart who opened up the ice with a 2 on one along with Skinner. Skinner tallied his 20th goal of the season. Skinner joins elite Buffalo company, becoming just the 5th scorer to score 20 goals in 27 games or fewer.
Jared McCann would tie the game up for the Panthers on a late period power play.
The only goal of the second period came less than three minutes in, when Reinhart played clean up duty in front of the net and finished home a bouncing puck sent in from Eichel. The goal was the forward's sixth of the season, and his third in two days.
The Panthers would answer, tying the game up on a power play goal from Evgenii Dadonov. The Sabres had a chance to take the lead on a power play late, but the Panthers would kill the penalty, and force overtime.
Aleksander Barkov would score the OT winner for the Panthers, on a one timer that was Florida's only shot in the extra period.
Buffalo travels to Nashville to take on the Predators Monday.
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