Florida gets rare road win


Published: Monday, January 2, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 2, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Gary Roberts' third-period power-play goal lifted Florida to a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, giving the Panthers a rare road victory.
Joe Nieuwendyk also scored for Florida and Roberto Luongo stopped 28 shots, improving to 7-2-1 in his last 10 games. Florida upped its road record to 4-14-3 in the opener of a five-game road trip.
Henrik Tallinder scored for Buffalo, which had a five-game home winning streak snapped and lost for only the fifth time in 23 games (18-3-2). Of the Sabres' 12 losses this season, three have come against the Panthers, including two at Florida.
The Sabres went 0-for-7 with the man advantage, failing to score despite enjoying four consecutive power-play opportunities in the final 12 minutes. That included a 37-second stretch in which they enjoyed a two-man advantage.
With the game tied at 1, Roberts sneaked in behind Sabres defenseman Jay McKee in front of the net to redirect Olli Jokinen's shot from the right point seven minutes into the third period.
Roberts extended his points streak to five games, and has three goals and six assists over that stretch. With the assist, Jokinen extended his points streak to a career-high 10 games (six goals and 10 assists).
Luongo did the rest in preserving the victory.
Besides holding his ground to foil Jochen Hecht on a partial breakaway late in the second period, Luongo was in position to stop Daniel Paille's one-timer from the slot with 6:41 left.
Nieuwendyk opened the scoring 32 seconds in on the first shot on net, beating Ryan Miller from the right circle.
Tallinder tied it midway through the second period, scoring from a bad angle to the left of the net, beating Luongo, who was caught leaning off the post.
THRASHERS 5, CAPITALS: Marian Hossa scored twice, Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and two assists, and Atlanta beat Washington.
Scott Mellanby and Marc Savard each added a goal and an assist for Atlanta.
The Thrashers (17-17-6), who scored three power-play goals, have won three of four road games.
Washington's Alexander Ovechkin scored a goal for the sixth straight game and Dainius Zubrus also had a goal.

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