Panthers Inch Closer to Elimination With Loss to Sabres

The Panthers' slim playoff hopes took another hit with a 4-2 loss to the Sabres on Monday

The Florida Panthers' slim postseason hopes took a hit with a 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.

Florida is mathematically alive in the playoff race, but it would take a series of unlikely events for the team to reach the postseason. After this defeat, the Panthers have only 77 points and are seven points back of the second Wild-Card spot.

Jonathan Marchessault stayed hot with his sixth goal in the last three games. The goal was the 29th of the season for Marchessault and it had assists on it from Jonathan Huberdeau and Keith Yandle. Marchessault's goal came during a power play, which was the only advantage for Florida in the game.

Huberdeau would add his own goal later in the game, without the benefit of an assist. The goal for Huberdeau was his eighth of the season and it cut the deficit to two.

James Reimer started the game, but did not last the full 60 minutes. After allowing four goals in 22 chances, Reimer was pulled from the game. Reto Berra took over and stayed in the net for the remainder of the game. Berra ended up with ten saves in all his opportunities.

After exiting Florida's last game early, Jaromir Jagr was back on the ice for this one. Jagr had two shots on goal in his nearly 19 minutes of ice time.

Florida will head north of the border to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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