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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Right winger Brad Boyes scored in the shootout and regulation to lead the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

The Panthers reversed their luck on Boyes' winning shootout goal. After hitting the goal post four times in regulation, Boyes' shot deflected off the left post and hit Buffalo goalie Jhonas Enroth before going into the net.

Boyes, Florida's third shooter, had the only goal of the shootout.

Goalie Tim Thomas had 23 saves for Florida (17-21-6) and was perfect in the shootout.

Defenseman Jamie McBain scored in regulation for Buffalo (12-26-5). Enroth finished with 34 saves.

Boyes tied the score at 1 on a deflection shortly before the midway point of the third period. After a failed clearance by Buffalo defenseman Alexander Sulzer, the puck slowly found its way to defenseman Tom Gilbert inside the right circle, who blasted a slap shot that was redirected by Boyes into the net at 9:16. Enroth was down along the ice after stopping Florida's initial shot.

It was Boyes' team-leading 12th goal of the year.

McBain opened the scoring 5:13 into the second period on his third goal of the season. Uncovered in the slot, McBain put a strong wrist shot past Thomas on the blocker side after a feed from Buffalo captain Steve Ott.

The Panthers had the upper hand throughout much of the game, outshooting Buffalo 34-21 in regulation and 35-24 overall.

The Panthers hit the post on four separate occasions -- twice to begin the third period and twice later in the period. They also had an apparent Boyes goal waved off with 6:53 remaining when defenseman Dmitry Kulikov down on the ice with an injury.

It was the first game for Buffalo since Tim Murray was named general manager of the Sabres on Thursday morning. Murray, the nephew of Ottawa GM Bryan Murray, has 20 years of NHL experience and was most recently an assistant general manager with the Senators.

Even with the loss, the Sabres have collected a point in eight consecutive home games.

NOTES: This was Panthers D Brian Campbell's 800th NHL game. Campbell originally entered the NHL as a sixth-round pick of the Sabres in 1997. ... D Tyler Myers (suspension), LW Ville Leino (lower body) and C Mikhail Grigorenko were scratched for the Sabres. Myers missed the first of three games because of a suspension for an illegal hit to the head. Sabres RW Drew Stafford was placed on injured reserve. ... C Shawn Matthias, D Mike Mottau and C Scott Gomez were scratched for the Panthers ... This was the 100th NHL game for Buffalo LW Marcus Foligno. ... Earlier Thursday, the NHL announced that the Sabres and the Carolina Hurricanes will play Feb. 25 to make up for the game that was postponed Tuesday because of a blizzard. The game will take place on the final day of the 17-day NHL Olympic break.
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