BUFFALO — Brad Boyes scored in regulation and the shootout, lifting the Florida Panthers over the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 Thursday night.
Buffalo was playing its first game under general manager Tim Murray and special adviser Craig Patrick, introduced earlier Thursday by team President Pat LaFontaine.
Tim Thomas made 23 saves and was perfect in the shootout for Florida, which won on the road for the first time since Dec. 19.
Jhonas Enroth made 34 saves and Jamie McBain scored for Buffalo, which is 6-0-2 in its last eight home games.
Florida carried much of the play, outshooting Buffalo 35-24, and it took the game's first four shots.
Jonathan Huberdeau appeared to put the Panthers in front during the shootout, but was ruled to have pushed Enroth's pad across the line.
Thomas stopped a one-timer from Brayden McNabb about five minutes into the game.
Buffalo had the game's first power play after an interference call against Ed Jovanovski, and Thomas made a sprawling save on Jamie McBain to keep the game scoreless.
After play was whistled dead because of a scrum in Florida's crease, John Scott tossed the puck in the net and received a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Enroth saved a shot by Alexander Barkov on the ensuing power play and made 13 saves in the period as Buffalo was outshot by five.
Buffalo broke through in the second period when McBain streaked into the slot to collect Steve Ott's pass and fired low past Thomas' right pad at the 5:13 mark.
Brian Flynn had a breakaway moments later but Thomas smothered the shot to keep the deficit 1-0.
Florida nearly equalized at the start of the third period. Tomas Fleischmann had the puck in front of Enroth and used a deft move to get the goalie moving but backhanded the puck off the post.
The Panthers finally beat Enroth at the 8:16 mark, after a weak clearance attempt by Alexander Sulzer. Enroth was slow to get up and Tom Gilbert took a slap shot that grazed Boyes, an ex-Sabre, on its way into the goal.
Florida had a goal disallowed when play was blown dead due to an injury to defenseman Dmitry Kulikov in the Panthers zone.
Thomas made a sliding stop on Brian Flynn in overtime.
Florida defenseman Brian Campbell played in his 800th career NHL game.
Capitals 4, Lightning 3
TAMPA, Fla. — Eric Fehr had two goals, including a tiebreaking redirection with 51.5 seconds left on Thursday night.
Tampa Bay had pulled even at 3 on Ondrej Palat's nifty tip-in of Matt Carle's shot at 14:30 of the third. Martin St. Louis also assisted on the goal to move past Rick Tocchet into sole possession of 89th place on the NHL's career list with 953 points.
Washington also got goals from Mikhail Grabovski and Marcus Johansson.
Tyler Johnson and B.J. Crombeen had the other goals for the Lightning.
Devils 1, Stars 0
NEWARK, N.J. — Cory Schneider earned his third shutout of the season and Michael Ryder scored his team-leading 15th goal as the Devils snapped a three-game winless streak with a victory over Dallas.
Schneider finished with 26 saves in his first victory since Dec. 28 against the New York Islanders. Schneider's previous shutout was also a 1-0 victory against Buffalo on Nov. 30.
Despite stellar goaltending by Kari Lehtonen, who made 33 saves, Dallas dropped its fourth straight.
Hurricanes 6, Maple Leafs 1
RALEIGH, N.C. — Jordan Staal had a goal and three assists, and Jeff Skinner extended his offensive surge with a goal and an assist to lead the Hurricanes to a win over the Maple Leafs.
John-Michael Liles, Patrick Dwyer, Zach Boychuk and Elias Lindholm also scored for the Hurricanes, who won their fifth straight game. Liles was playing against his former team for the first time — Carolina sent defenseman Tim Gleason to Toronto for Liles on Jan. 1.
Skinner's goal was his 17th in his last 17 games, and he improved his point streak to a career-high six games, with seven goals and five assists in that stretch.
Ducks 4, Predators 3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Teemu Selanne scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, and the Ducks beat the Predators for their fifth straight win and 15th in 16 games.
Selanne's fifth goal this season came on the power play at 18:52 of the second, capping a four-goal period for the Ducks. Ryan Getzlaf also scored two goals, and Corey Perry added a goal. Matt Beleskey had two assists.
Paul Gaustad, Craig Smith and Rich Clune scored a goal each for Nashville, and Matt Cullen had two assists. But the Predators lost for only the second time in regulation when scoring first.