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Bjugstad helps Panthers edge Sabres

Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Bjugstad's second period tally proved to be the game-winner as the Florida Panthers edged the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3, on Tuesday at First Niagara Center.

Jesse Winchester, Sean Bergenheim and Ed Jovanovski all scored first period goals for Florida, winners in two straight. Tim Thomas made 32 saves to earn the win.

"It was good to get this win, good for the whole team," said Thomas. "Back-to- back wins are what we need right now and it gives some of the young guys here some confidence in what they're doing."

Drew Stafford potted a pair of goals and assisted on Steve Ott's third period marker in Buffalo's fourth straight defeat. Ryan Miller allowed all four goals on 22 shots.

"We need to really start to go back to the drawing board because there's not much else to say," said Stafford. "We need to clean a few things up and make sure we come out to a good start and if we do, bear down in our own end."

With a 3-2 lead late in the second period, Bjugstad received a feed from Brian Campbell skating down the left wing and ripped a shot that beat Miller off the post for a 4-2 advantage.

The Panthers held their two-goal advantage until 8:36 of the third, when Ott jammed home Stafford's rebound to make it 4-3.

Thomas stood tall after that, denying the Sabres the rest of the way.

Most of the scoring took place in the opening 20 minutes.

Stafford's power-play goal just 2:23 into the action gave the home team an early 1-0 edge, but Florida tied it less than two minutes later when Winchester deflected home a Jovanovski blast from the point.

Stafford lit the lamp for a second time with a wrister over Miller's blocker after Mike Weber leveled a Florida defender to force a turnover in front of the net for a 2-1 lead at 6:16.

The Panthers scored a pair of goals within 52 seconds, however, to take their first lead when Bergenheim and Jovanovski scored during the 18-minute mark.

Game Notes

Tom Gilbert had two assists for Florida ... Thomas improved to 13-13-3 on the season ... Panthers rookie center Aleksander Barkov left the game with a lower-body injury and did not return .. The Panthers look to make it three straight wins when they host Colorado on Friday.

01/22 01:08:27 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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CHA 61
 
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CIN 8
 
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ARI 0
 
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COL 1
PHI 3
 
3rd
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DAL 85
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MIA 66
CHA 61
 
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POR
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NYR 2
PHI 4
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BOS 3
DET 1
 
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NOR 6
DUR 3