Panthers beat Sabres 5-3 to clinch playoff berth

Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau and left wing Ryan Lomberg celebrate a victory with goaltender Spencer Knight following the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) (Jeffrey T. Barnes, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Jonathan Huberdeau set Florida’s single-season points record, and the Panthers clinched a playoff berth with a 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Huberdeau scored his 24th goal to extend his point streak to eight games and raise his season total to 97, one more than teammate Aleksander Barkov’s record set in 2019.

Anthony Duclair scored twice as the Panthers established a franchise record for victories.

Jeff Skinner had a goal and an assist for the Sabres, who are on the cusp of of missing the playoffs for an NHL-record 11th consecutive season.

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