Carolina 4, Buffalo 2

Friday, January 6, 2012 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Buffalo 18-18-2-2 10-9-2-2 8-9-0-0 L1
Carolina 14-21-4-3 10-10-0-3 4-11-4-0 W1


Chad LaRose scored to snap a tie midway into the third period and Cam Ward turned aside 31 shots as the Carolina Hurricanes skated to a 4-2 triumph over the visiting Buffalo Sabres on Friday.
Captain Eric Staal collected a goal and two assists and rookie defenseman Justin Faulk and Brandon Sutter also tallied for Carolina, which snapped a modest two-game losing skid to improve to 6-4-3 in its last 13 games.
Thomas Vanek recorded his team-leading 19th goal of the campaign and 223rd of his career to move past Rene Robert for eighth all-time in Buffalo's franchise history.
Although former Calder Trophy winner Tyler Myers returned from a 19-game absence because of a broken right wrist, the Sabres saw center Derek Roy exit Friday's contest early in the first period with an upper-body injury. He did not return as Buffalo fell for the fourth time in five games.
After Sabres captain Jason Pominville tied the game at 6:12 of the third period, LaRose gave the Hurricanes their third lead of the contest 1:58 later.
Flanked by Sutter, LaRose skated into the offensive zone on a 2-on-1 rush and blasted a shot past Ryan Miller on the stick side just inside the post. The goal was LaRose's 11th of the season and second in as many games.

Top Game Performances

Buffalo   Carolina
Jason Pominville 2 Points Eric Staal 3
Jason Pominville 1 Goals Eric Staal 1
Jason Pominville 1 Assists Eric Staal 2
N/A Power Play Goals Justin Faulk 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Ryan Miller .912 Save Percentage Cam Ward .939
Ryan Miller 31 Saves Cam Ward 31

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Buffalo 33 2 0-2 2-4 10 23
Carolina 35 4 2-4 2-2 6 38

Upcoming Games

  • Carolina will play its next game on the road against Nashville. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .308 after a win and .345 after a loss.
  • Buffalo will play its next game at home against Winnipeg. The Sabres have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .545 after a loss.
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