Florida's Olli Jokinen (center) celebrates his game-winning goal with teammate Mike Van Ryn Saturday night.
Jokinen scored a power-play goal with 1:07 remaining in the
third period, lifting the Panthers to a 3-2 victory over the
Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.
He got the game-winner 17 seconds after Jochen Hecht was
penalized for hooking. Jokinen took the puck off the left board
near the circle, skated in on defenseman Henrik Tallinder and
goalie Ryan Miller and fired a low wrist shot into the net for his
"I took it to the net, and sometimes it goes in," Jokinen
said. "We won, and that's the main point. Everybody is happy. It's
a better feeling than losing."
"The line of [Joe] Nieuwendyk, Horton and Olesz was
outstanding," Panthers coach Jacques Martin said. "I think we had
15 scoring chances as a team and they had eight or nine chances."
The Panthers went ahead at 12:50, when Gelinas tipped in Van
Ryn's shot from the right point for his first goal.
Briere scored his fourth goal at 13:13 of the first period.
After Florida's Kristian Huselius turned over the puck in the
Panthers' zone, Buffalo's Jean-Pierre Dumont passed to Briere, who
stopped the puck and then fired past Luongo.
"I was out of position a little bit, maybe I should have stayed
back more in the crease," Luongo said. "I knew that I had to try
and keep them from getting the next goal. It was good that we came
back from [Thursday's 5-2 loss at Boston]. I feel we're back on