Carolina 3, Buffalo 1

Friday, January 25, 2013 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Carolina 2-2-0-0 1-1-0-0 1-1-0-0 W2
Buffalo 2-2-0-0 1-1-0-0 1-1-0-0 L2


Hurricanes 3, Sabres 1: Defenseman Jay Harrison took advantage of a tired Buffalo line to score with 4:50 remaining in the third period and hand visiting Carolina its second win in as many nights against the Sabres.

Dan Ellis made 40 saves and Alexander Semin scored a power-play goal for the Hurricanes, who took the lead after consecutive icing calls late in the third period left Buffalo unable to change lines. Harrison fired a wrist shot through traffic off a clean faceoff win by captain Eric Staal for the eventual game-winning goal.

Ryan Miller stopped 39 shots for the Sabres, who opened the scoring early in the third on a power-play goal by Thomas Vanek.

Vanek, who had two assists in a 6-3 loss in Carolina on Thursday, skated toward the slot from the left faceoff circle and beat Ellis with a wrist shot 1:56 into the period. Semin replied with a similar goal - his first with the Hurricanes - less than two minutes later.

Vanek took a cross-checking penalty with 2:09 remaining in the game and Jeff Skinner scored an empty-netter on the power play to give Carolina some breathing room.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Jordan Staal assisted on Semin’s goal and has points in three straight games for the Hurricanes. … Buffalo D Robyn Regehr led all players with five hits. … Carolina D Justin Faulk left the game with an upper-body injury after playing most of the second period.

Top Game Performances

Carolina   Buffalo
Jay Harrison 2 Points Thomas Vanek 1
Jay Harrison 1 Goals Thomas Vanek 1
Jay Harrison 1 Assists Christian Ehrhoff 1
Alexander Semin 1 Power Play Goals Thomas Vanek 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Dan Ellis .976 Save Percentage Ryan Miller .951
Dan Ellis 40 Saves Ryan Miller 39

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Carolina 42 3 2-5 3-4 27 42
Buffalo 41 1 1-4 3-5 17 23

Upcoming Games

  • Buffalo will play its next game on the road against Washington. The Sabres have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Carolina will play its next game at home against Boston. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and .500 after a loss.
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