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"Florida's Dmitry Kulikov briefly woke up the crowd and nearly put [Corey] Tropp to sleep with one of the hardest hits of the season. The Buffalo rookie crossed the Panthers' blue line with 12:30 gone and was rudely met by Kulikov. A loud groan comprising sympathy and grimacing echoed through the building."

- BuffaloNews.com's John Vogl

The remainder of Friday's "highlights" below...



Final - 12.9.2011 1 2 3 OT Total
Florida Panthers 0 1 0 0 1
Buffalo Sabres 1 0 0 1 2

LBC GAME RECAP Complete Coverage >


The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L/10

Streak

1

Philadelphia

27

17

7

3

37

96

79

7-4-2

10-3-1

7-3-0

Won 4

2

Florida

29

16

8

5

37

81

71

6-2-4

10-6-1

6-2-2

OT 1

3

Boston

27

17

9

1

35

89

56

10-6-1

7-3-0

7-2-1

Lost 2

4

Pittsburgh

29

16

9

4

36

88

72

8-2-2

8-7-2

5-4-1

Lost 2

5

NY Rangers

25

15

6

4

34

73

58

7-2-2

8-4-2

6-3-1

OT 1

6

Toronto

29

15

11

3

33

91

94

6-4-3

9-7-0

5-4-1

Lost 1

7

Buffalo

28

15

11

2

32

78

75

7-8-2

8-3-0

4-4-2

Won 1

8

Washington

28

15

12

1

31

88

89

10-4-1

5-8-0

5-5-0

Won 2

9

Winnipeg

28

13

11

4

30

81

85

9-4-0

4-7-4

7-2-1

Won 4

10

Ottawa

29

13

12

4

30

90

101

7-5-1

6-7-3

4-3-3

OT 1

11

New Jersey

27

14

12

1

29

70

78

6-4-1

8-8-0

5-5-0

Won 2

12

Montreal

29

11

11

7

29

72

76

4-5-6

7-6-1

3-3-4

OT 2

13

Tampa Bay

28

12

14

2

26

73

91

7-4-0

5-10-2

3-7-0

Won 1

14

NY Islanders

26

9

11

6

24

59

82

6-6-3

3-5-3

4-3-3

OT 1

15

Carolina

31

9

18

4

22

79

108

5-9-2

4-9-2

2-7-1

Lost 1

The real "loser" Friday? Idle Boston, who not only dropped their past two games, but watched BUF, WSH and WPG creep to within five points. Of course, every schwartz has two sides: they're rewarded with the 20-point Blue Jackets this evening.

Why last night rocked:

  • Scott Clemmensen remains unblemished in regulation.
  • The Leafs failed to gain a point. Not much else to crow about.

Why last night jonesed:

  • Washington over Toronto, 4-2
  • Winnipeg over Carolina, 4-2

Why tonight is a Big Deal:

  • Montreal at New Jersey, 1 p.m.
  • Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, 7
  • Winnipeg at Detroit, 7
  • Pittsburgh at the Isles, 7
  • Rags at Buffalo, 7
  • Vancouver at Ottawa, 7
  • Boston at Columbus, 7

Next up for the Cats:

Sunday from MSG; LBC Game Thread stirs the tanks - as ordered - at 7 p.m.