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Jovanovski has go-ahead goal, assist in Panthers' 4-3 win over Sabres

Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 9:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Jovanovski has go-ahead goal, assist in Panthers' 4-3 win over Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Ed Jovanovski scored the go-ahead goal and added an assist in his 1,100th career game, sparking the Florida Panthers to a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

Sean Bergenheim, Jesse Winchester and Nick Bjugstad also scored for Florida, which improved to 4-0-1 in its past five trips to Buffalo. Tom Gilbert set up two goals in helping the Panthers overcome a pair of one-goal first-period deficits and then hang on for the win.

Tim Thomas stopped 32 shots, including 15 shots in the final period to improve to 7-3-2 in his past 12 games.

Drew Stafford scored twice and Steve Ott also scored for the Sabres (13-28-7), who dropped to 0-2-2 in their past four.

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