NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Buffalo|
(Wednesday, March 7th)
Final Score: Buffalo 3, Carolina 2 (OT)
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Jason Pominville netted the game-winning goal
56 seconds into overtime to lift the Buffalo Sabres over the Carolina
Hurricanes, 3-2, at First Niagara Center.
Tyler Myers and Thomas Vanek also tallied goals for the Sabres, who won for
the seventh time in nine games. Ryan Miller stopped 22-of-24 shots for the
Jaroslav Spacek and Chad LaRose lit the lamp for Carolina, which dropped its
third game in four tries with two of the losses coming in overtime. Cam Ward
made 39 saves in defeat.
"I thought our guys really dug down," Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller said.
"We fought hard and we're going to continue to battle."
After the Hurricanes failed to take advantage of three power-play
opportunities in the third period, including a 40-second 5-on-3 advantage,
Carolina's Bryan Allen was called for a hooking penalty with 55 seconds left
The Sabres could not capitalize in the third period, but were able to use the
4-on-3 advantage in the extra period to set up Pominville's one-timer from the
top of the left circle that sailed into the far side.
The Hurricanes netted the lone goal of the first period just 2:47 into the
opening frame when Jussi Jokinen won an offensive faceoff back to Jamie McBain
at the left point, where he quickly slid a pass to Spacek at the high slot and
he blasted a one-timer past Miller's stick side.
But two quick goals by the Sabres in the second period put them on top.
The first came 22 seconds into the middle stanza after the Sabres raced down
the ice on a 4-on-2 rush. Patrick Kaleta took a slap shot from the top of the
right circle that was saved by Ward, but Myers was right there to bat the
rebound out of the air and into the net.
Jokinen was then whistled for slashing 11 seconds later and Buffalo took
advantage at the 1:02 mark of the period when Vanek cleaned up a rebound in
front off a Pominville slap shot.
"I think you create opportunities by getting pucks to the net and we were able
to do that tonight,' said Pominville.
Carolina, though, was able to knot the game at two 5:11 into the second when
Jeff Skinner raced down the left side of the ice before sending a pass into
the slot from the left circle that deflected off the skate of LaRose as he
crashed the net and skipped over the right shoulder of Miller.
The play was reviewed but the goal stood as LaRose made no kicking motion with
Buffalo improved to 17-11-7 at home this season, while Carolina fell to 8-14-9
on the road...Hurricanes forward Eric Staal did not record a point to snap his
12-game point streak. He had seven goals and 14 assists in the
streak...Carolina went 0-for-3 on the power play...The Sabres converted on 2-
of-8 power-play chances.
03/07 23:32:50 ET