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BUFFALO -- Roberto Luongo made 24 saves for the Florida Panthers to earn his 455th NHL win, moving past Curtis Joseph into fourth place in League history, with a 4-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Friday. The win was Luongo's 196th with the Panthers (5-8-2), who ended a five-game losing streak (0-3-2).

Evgenii Dadonov and Aleksander Barkov each had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Huberdeau had three assists for Florida, which won for the first time since defeating the Anaheim Ducks 8-3 on Oct. 26. Defenseman Ian McCoshen gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead at 3:50 of the third period. His shot from the blue line got past goalie Robin Lehner to the stick side through a screen by Barkov. Barkov scored an empty-net goal with 1:32 remaining, and Vincent Trocheck scored another 17 seconds later to make it 4-1.

The Sabres (5-9-2) have lost two of their past three games. Kyle Okposo gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead at 13:02 of the first period with a power-play goal when he tipped Victor Antipin's shot from the blue line past Luongo. Dadonov tied it 1-1 at 6:52 of the second period.

Robin Lehner made 27 saves.

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