Panthers 3, Sabres 1
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) _ Radek Dvorak had two goals and an assist in the second period and Trevor Kidd made 36 saves as the Florida Panthers beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 on Saturday night.
Pavel Bure, who added a shorthanded goal, returned to the ice for the Panthers after missing three games because of a broken finger. The Panthers are 10-5-4 with Bure in the lineup dating to last season and 5-2-2 with him this season.
The Panthers have won three straight and are 7-1-1 at home. The Sabres dropped to 2-7-1 on the road.
After a scoreless first period, Dvorak scored 58 seconds into the second period after taking a pass _ just underneath a diving Alexei Zhitnik _ from Ryan Johnson on a three-on-two break.
It didn’t take long for Dvorak to strike again. Johnson took a loose puck at center ice and fed it to Dvrak just outside the blue line. Dvorak skated in all alone and slipped a backhand shot over Roloson’s glove. It was Johnson’s first career multiple-point game.
With Buffalo on a power play, Bure took a pass from Dvorak near center ice and beat Roloson through the legs on a breakaway.
The goal gave Florida its first shorthanded goal of the season and gave Dvorak three points in a game for the fourth time in his career. Buffalo finished the game 0-for-5 on the power play and is 8-for-77 overall.
Curtis Brown’s goal with 3:39 remaining spoiled Kidd’s chance for his first shutout of the season. Kidd improved his record to 7-2-2, while Roloson dropped to 0-3-1.