Panthers at Sabres | Thurs., Jan. 9, 2014

  • Tim Thomas #34 of the Florida Panthers stops Brian Flynn #65 of the Buffalo Sabres on a breakaway in the second period at First Niagara Center on January 9, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. Rick Stewart / Getty Images

  • Tom Gilbert #77 of the Florida Panthers celebrates after scoring Florida's first goal of the game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center on January 9, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. Florida won 2-1 in a shootout. Rick Stewart / Getty Images

  • Zenon Konopka #24 of the Buffalo Sabres slides into Tim Thomas #34 of the Florida Panthers as Erik Gudbranson #44 of the Panthers looks on at First Niagara Center on January 9, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. Florida won 2-1 in a shootout. Rick Stewart / Getty Images

  • Brad Boyes #24 of the Florida Panthers reacts after scoring the game-winning goal in a shootout against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center on January 9, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. Florida won 2-1 in a shootout. Rick Stewart / Getty Images

  • Johan Larsson #22 of the Buffalo Sabres shoots the puck wide of the net against Tim Thomas #34 and Brian Campbell #51 of the Florida Panthers at First Niagara Center on January 9, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.Florida won 2-1 in a shootout Rick Stewart / Getty Images

  • Tim Thomas #34 of the Florida Panthers makes a pad save on Johan Larsson #22 of the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center on January 9, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. Florida won 2-1 in a shootout. Rick Stewart / Getty Images

  • Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jamie McBain (4) shoots the puck at Florida Panthers goaltender Tim Thomas (34) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Gary Wiepert / AP

  • Sent flying: Sabres left winger Matt Ellis knocks Dmitry Kulikov off his skates as they battle for the puck in the first period of the Panthers’ 2-1 shootout victory on Thursday night. Gary Wiepert / AP

  • Florida Panthers' Brad Boyes (24) gets a shot against Buffalo Sabres' Jhonas Enroth (1) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Florida won 2-1. Gary Wiepert / AP

  • Florida Panthers' Brad Boyes (24) celebrates with Tim Thomas (34) after defeating the Buffalo Sabres in a shootout in an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Florida won 2-1. Gary Wiepert / AP

  • Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov (16) celebrates a goal by Brad Boyes (24) along with Tom Gilbert (77) and Sean Bergenheim (20) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Florida won 2-1 in a shootout. Gary Wiepert / AP

  • Buffalo Sabres' Marcus Foligno (82) deflects a shot wide of Florida Panthers' Tim Thomas (34) during the overtime session of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Florida won 2-1 in a shootout. Gary Wiepert / AP

  • Buffalo Sabres defenseman Mark Pysyk (3) stick-checks Florida Panthers center Nick Bjugstad (27) who cuts in front of Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth (1), of Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Gary Wiepert / AP