NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Buffalo
(Saturday, November 28th)
Final Score: Buffalo 5, Carolina 1
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Clarke MacArthur scored the eventual game- winning goal in the third, and the Buffalo Sabres became the second team in as many games to score five third-period goals against the Hurricanes in a 5-1 win at HSBC Arena.
Carolina, which led 1-0 after two periods Saturday, had a 4-1 advantage against Atlanta on Friday before allowing five tallies in the final stanza to lose, 6-4.
Derek Roy, Thomas Vanek and Jochen Hecht each had a goal and an assist for the Sabres, who have won two straight following an 0-3-1 stretch. Michael Grier also scored, while Ryan Miller made 30 saves to move to 14-4-2 this season.
Matt Cullen scored the only goal for the Hurricanes, who have lost four in a row and stand last in the NHL with 15 points. Michael Leighton allowed all five goals on 24 shots for Carolina, which remains the only team in the league without a road win (0-10-3).
"We aren't doing a good job closing out games," Cullen said. "You get yourself a one-goal lead playing some pretty good hockey through two (periods). I don't know what it is; none of us know what it is, but we give up that goal and it's been a pretty regular occurrence that the next one goes in pretty quickly."
Cullen gave the Hurricanes an early lead with a good defensive play. Buffalo was bringing the puck out of its zone, but a pass was intercepted across the blue line by Cullen, who went in all alone on Miller and backhanded a shot past his glove at 8:19.
Leighton made the lead stand up through two periods, stopping a total of 15 shots before the outset of the third. Buffalo had three power play opportunities in that timeframe, failing on each of them.
The Sabres, though, solved Leighton three times in the first half of the third to take the lead.
The tying goal saw Buffalo assault Leighton with an array of shots. Vanek missed a wide-open net off a rebound, but the puck bounced out to the slot, where Chris Butler fired a shot. The save was made, but Grier was there to stuff home the rebound at 1:59 to tie the game.
Carolina's Sergei Samsonov was called for tripping just under a minute later, and the Sabres went in front when MacArthur tipped in a rebound at the 4:33 mark.
Not much later, Jason Pominville sent a soft shot that grazed off the post and slid across the goal-line as Leighton was sprawled out on the ice. Roy got there before any Carolina player and easily fired it into the net for a 3-1 lead with 11:50 to play.
On another power play minutes later, Tyler Myers fired a shot from a wide angle that deflected off Hecht, a Carolina defenseman and into the net for a 4-1 lead with 8:38 to play.
"There's not a lot of pretty goals scored anymore," Hecht said. "You got to beat your guy in front of the net and hope for a good rebound. My goal went off the shin pad and in, I didn't even see it go in."
Vanek got on the board with 5:23 left, skating around the net and firing a shot from the slot that made its way past Leighton for a 5-1 advantage.
The two teams split last season's series, 2-2...Buffalo moved to 8-3-2 at home...The Sabres played without captain Craig Rivet and forward Paul Gaustad, both of whom suffered injuries in their previous game against Philadelphia.
11/29 00:34:55 ET