Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Buffalo leads 3-1

Game 1: Friday, November 10th
Game 2: Thursday, December 7th
Game 3: Thursday, December 14th
Game 4: Thursday, March 15th

Panthers 4

(6-7-4, 16 pts)

Sabres 5

(13-1-1, 27 pts)

8:00 PM ET, November 10, 2006

First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York

1 2 3 OT T
FLA 1 1 2 04
BUF 0 2 2 15

T. Vanek (Sabres - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

A. Mair (Sabres - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

P. Gaustad (Sabres - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Florida (6-7-3) at Buffalo 12-1-1) 8:00 pm EST

Florida (6-7-3) at Buffalo 12-1-1) 8:00 pm EST

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) - The Buffalo Sabres got off to a torrid 11-0-0 start, but have cooled off lately in losing two of their last four.

The Sabres, who should be rested after four days off, host the struggling Florida Panthers on Friday.

Buffalo comes off a 4-3 overtime victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday. Daniel Briere had a huge night, scoring two goals - including the game-winner - and added an assist, while Martin Biron got the start over Ryan Miller and made 26 saves.

Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek scored the other goals for Buffalo, which won despite killing off only 3-of-6 Rangers power-play opportunities.

Florida has struggled lately in losing four of its last five, and tries to rebound from a 4-3 shootout loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.

Defensemen Ruslan Salei and Jay Bouwmeester and center Nathan Horton scored the goals for Florida, which outshot the Rangers, 39-30.

Florida's Olli Jokinen, Joe Nieuwendyk and Horton were blanked in the shootout.