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Panthers beat Sabres 5-3 to clinch playoff berth

Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau (11) celebrates his goal during the second period...
Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau (11) celebrates his goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)(AP)
Published: Apr. 3, 2022 at 10:03 PM EDT
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Jonathan Huberdeau set Florida’s single-season points record, and the Panthers clinched a playoff berth with a 5-3 win Sunday 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 (48-15-6) 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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