BUFFALO, N.Y. -- After getting booed off the ice in their last home game, the Buffalo Sabres received a standing ovation from the crowd at KeyBank Center on Saturday.Anders Nilsson made 33 saves in his second NHL shutout and Sam Reinhart had a goal and an assist for Buffalo in a 3-0 victory over the Florida Panthers.Johan Larsson and Kyle Okposo also scored and the Sabres (2-3-2) snapped a four-game winless streak with their first home victory.Buffalo had one goal in its first two home games, but scored in all three periods Saturday.Thats the way we have to play, Reinhart said. Right from the start with that mentality, and thats been the struggle this year. To finally come out with a big push in the first and continue that with all four lines was important for us tonight.Roberto Luongo stopped 22 shots for Florida. The Panthers (3-4-1) have lost five of six and are winless in the first three of a four-game road trip.Its the first game Im really disappointed, Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said. I thought we played well all season long. Tonight we didnt play well enough, we werent even close to winning that hockey game.Nilsson, starting his third straight game in place of Robin Lehner, made 13 saves in the third period. Floridas Vincent Trocheck shot high on a penalty shot with 57 seconds left in the third period.This was the first shutout for Nilsson since March 4, 2012, during his rookie season with the Edmonton Oilers.Of course, thats always nice, but I think the most important thing is the two points we got tonight, Nilsson said. Thats huge for us and it means a lot for our confidence.The Sabres scored twice on the power play while killing four penalties. The Panthers had a power-play goal in each of their last four games.Ultimately, it comes down to we werent able to find one on the power play and get that jump or spark that we needed, Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle said.The Sabres took a 1-0 lead on Larssons first goal of the year. Marcus Foligno pushed the puck into the corner where Brian Gionta sent a backhand pass to Larsson in the right circle while falling down. Larsson lifted a wrist shot over Luongos glove.Okposo scored on the power play to make it 2-0 in the second period. Luongo stopped Reinharts deflection of Rasmus Ristolainens shot from above the right circle. Okposo lunged at the rebound off the crossbar and slipped a backhander under Luongos blocker for his second goal of the season.Colton Sceviours tripping penalty put the Sabres on the power play.A hooking penalty on Jaromir Jagr led to Reinharts power play goal with 11:12 left in the game. Reinharts pass from behind the net bounced in off the skate of Florida defenseman Mark Pysyk, a former Sabre. It was Reinharts first goal of the season.UP NEXTFlorida: at Detroit on Sunday.Buffalo: at Winnipeg on Sunday.INJURYBuffalo F Nicolas Deslauriers was hurt in a play along the boards and was being evaluated. The team did not specify what sort of injury.NOTESF Shawn Thornton and D Steven Kampfer entered the Panthers lineup for the first time this season. Rookies D Michael Matheson and C Kyle Rau were healthy scratches. LW Jussi Jokinen missed his fourth straight game with a lower body injury. ... Lehner dressed as the backup after missing two games with an illness. Lehner practiced Friday and said he expects to start the next game on Sunday. C Jack Eichel (high ankle sprain) and LW Evander Kane (cracked ribs) are both progressing in their rehabilitation but are not yet ready to practice, coach Dan Bylsma said Friday. ... 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If Kevin Ollie can find a silver lining in Friday nights opening loss to Wagner, its that his young team may well have learned a valuable lesson at the right time.Weve got to step back and go back to the drawing board and figure it out, Ollie said after his No. 18 Huskies were stunned by the visitors from Staten Island -- and the Northeast Conference. This is a dark time right now, but its going to a period after this where we say we got better from it.Another good thing for UConn is getting right back at it, which the Huskies will do when they host Northeastern Monday night.Weve got to get tougher, Ollie said. Our two toughest guys were our two smallest guys out there. Thats (freshmen) C.V. (Christian Vital) and Al (Gilbert). Weve got to get tougher and that starts with me as a coach. Ive got to get these guys ready to play. I take full responsibility and I will do that.Northeastern topped local rival Boston University 87-77 Friday night, with senior guard T.J. Williams scoring a career-high 30 points, dishing out eight assists and grabbing four rebounds -- and graduate senior transfer Alex Murphy scoring 20 points in the opener of his sixth college season.While THOSE Huskies have youth, the experience of the two opening night stars is similar to what Wagner brought to Storrs to snap UConns 27-game Storrs opening game winning streak.We did have a 12-0 run to tie it (in the second half), but they hit a three and every time they needed a bucket they made some big-time plays, said Ollie. Thats what a veteran-laden team does.Northeastern, out of Colonial Conference, was put on the map by Jim Calhoun, who moved from those Huskies to the UConn Huskies and did pretty well there.ddddddddddddNortheastern was picked to finish seventh in the Colonial. But Friday night, Williams became the first Northeastern player to score 30 in an opener since the late Reggie Lewis scored 32 at the Great Alaska Shootout -- against No. 2 Louisville -- in a win in 1986.That was Calhouns first year at UConn.We lost a lot of experience over the last two years, Northeastern coach Bill Coen said after Friday nights win.Murphy, who previously attended Duke and Florida, missed all last season because of injury and was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA -- taking it at Northeastern.Clearly, the level of competition rises for Northeastern Monday night -- especially considering UConn already learned the lesson of perhaps overlooking an unheralded opponent.Transfer Terry Larrier was a bright spot for UConn in his debut, scoring 19 points and grabbing seven rebounds.He played well for us, said Ollie. He was a real bright spot for us. He played very, very well for us, played with a lot of heart and played with pure heart.After Monday nights game, UConn, which likely cost itself a spot in the rankings, heads west. They visit Los Angeles, Ollies hometown, to play Loyola Marymount -- and then across the Pacific to play in the Maui Invitational. They face Oklahoma State in the tourney opener Nov. 21. ' ' '
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