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Friday, November 2nd (All times eastern)

Florida Panthers (5-7-0) at Buffalo Sabres (5-5-1), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will try to rebound from a tough loss tonight, as they welcome the Florida Panthers to HSBC Arena.

Buffalo played in Boston on Thursday night and was handed an overtime loss as Marco Sturm scored with less than a minute remaining in the extra session to propel the Bruins past the Sabres, 4-3, at TD Banknorth Garden.

On the deciding play, Boston's Glen Metropolit spun away from a Buffalo defenseman along the far boards and sent a cross-ice pass to Aaron Ward. Ward one-timed the puck on goal and Sturm deflected it past Ryan Miller for the game-winner, 4:07 into the extra session.

Paul Gaustad chipped in a goal and an assist for the Sabres, who had a two- game winning streak snapped. Jaroslav Spacek and Ales Kotalik had two assists, while Miller made 20 saves in the loss.

The Sabres, who are 3-2-0 at HSBC this year. are home for just one game before heading out to Montreal for Monday's tilt at the Bell Centre,

The Panthers will aim for their second straight win tonight after posting a victory over Carolina on Wednesday. Olli Jokinen had a goal and two assists, as Florida scored four third-period goals to beat the visiting Hurricanes, 4-2, at BankAtlantic Center.

Nathan Horton had a goal and assist, and goaltender Tomas Vokoun made 28 saves for the Panthers, who won for just the second time in their last six games. Florida hasn't posted consecutive victories since a three-game win streak from October 11-16.

Jay Bouwmeester scored his first goal of the season, as the Panthers snapped a seven-game losing streak against Carolina.

Tonight marks the first of two straight games on the road for the Panthers, who are just 1-5-0 as the visiting club this year. Florida will visit Carolina on Saturday night to cap the brief swing.

The Sabres and Panthers met last Friday night in Florida and Buffalo posted a 4-2 victory. Buffalo has won three straight and five of the last six meetings with the Panthers.

11/02 10:34:27 ET


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