Friday, April 20, 2018
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Luongo moves into fourth on wins list as Panthers end skid

BUFFALO, N.Y — Robert Luongo got a milestone victory, and the Panthers snapped a losing streak.

Luongo broke a tie with Curtis Joseph for fourth place on the NHL career victory list with 455, making 24 saves in the Panthers’ 4-1 win over the Sabres on Friday night.

"It’s obviously nice, but for me it’s about getting wins and getting into the playoffs," Luongo said. "These accomplishments are for a rainy day when you’re sitting at home and not doing much. But for right now, the focus is on getting some points in the standings and winning some games and getting into the playoffs."

Evgenii Dadonov and Aleksander Barkov each had a goal and an assist to help the Panthers snap a five-game skid on the first night of a back-to-back set.

Kyle Okposo scored for the Sabres, and Robin Lehner stopped 27 shots.

Buffalo is 4-4-0 in its past eight games after a 1-5-2 start but has yet to win consecutive games this season.

Luongo’s biggest save came with less than seven minutes left in the third period when he lifted his glove above his head to catch Sam Reinhart’s shot from the high slot.

"He was amazing," Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. "We were better defensively in front of him, but when it was time to make the big save in the end, he came up huge."

Game highlights: Mark Stone scored in regulation and overtime to give the Senators a 4-3 victory over the Avalanche in the first of two games the teams play in Stockholm. Matt Duchene didn’t have a point in his first game with Ottawa since being traded by Colorado on Sunday. … Patrick Marleau scored in overtime to give the host Maple Leafs a 3-2 victory over the Bruins. Toronto’s James van Riemsdyk scored twice, the second time to tie it with a minute left in regulation. … Braden Holtby became the second-fastest goalie in NHL history to reach 200 victories as the host Capitals struck twice on the power play to beat the Penguins 4-1. Holtby picked up victory No. 200 in his 319th game. Hall of Famer Ken Dryden did it in 311.

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