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Larsson scores twice as Sabres outlast Canes

The Sabres got two goals by Johan Larsson and a goal and two assists from defenseman Brayden McNabb at First Niagara Center to win for the third time in as many games.

Larsson tied the game 2-2 when he deflected McNabb's left point shot past goaltender Anton Khobudin at 18:36 of the second period.

Cody Hodgson put Buffalo ahead to stay with 5:48 remaining in regulation, converting a feed from Thomas Vanek. Larsson scored again 56 seconds later, and McNabb added an insurance goal with 2:48 to play. Ryan Miller went all the way and made 34 saves.

"I liked how we refocused, especially in the third period," Sabres coach Ron Rolston said. "That's kind of a focal point for us and whether we're down a goal or tied or up a goal, we need to be able to finish games out or find a way to win games. Tonight we did that."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
15:45CAR Zach Boychuk (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrick Dwyer (1), Radek Dvorak (1) 1 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
10:39BUF Joel Armia (1) Wrap-around - ASST: NONE 1 - 1 Tie
12:41CAR Chris Terry (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Radek Dvorak (2) 2 - 1 CAR
18:36BUF Johan Larsson (1) Tip-in - ASST: Brayden McNabb (1), Ville Leino (1) 2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
14:12BUF Cody Hodgson (1) Tip-in - ASST: Thomas Vanek (1), Joel Armia (1) 3 - 2 BUF
15:08BUF Johan Larsson (2) Slapshot - ASST: Brayden McNabb (2) 4 - 2 BUF
17:51BUF Brayden McNabb (1) Slapshot - ASST: NONE 5 - 2 BUF
Three Stars of the Game
Brayden McNabb
Brayden McNabb
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 4TOI: 18:23
Joel Armia
Joel Armia
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:11
Johan Larsson
Johan Larsson
G: 2Shots: 7
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 15:44
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:21BUF Brian Flynn  Hooking  - 2 min against  Jeremy Welsh
13:25BUF Colton Gillies  Interference  - 2 min against  Nathan Gerbe
2nd Period
06:03BUF Luke Adam  Tripping  - 2 min against  Jeff Skinner
13:05CAR Brett Bellemore  Roughing  - 2 min against  Luke Adam
13:40BUF Cody Hodgson  Slashing  - 2 min against  Jordan Staal
3rd Period
10:15BUF Nikita Zadorov  Roughing  - 2 min against  Ryan Murphy
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/50/1
Faceoff Wins2539
Blocked Shots1211
Penalty Minutes210
4A. SekeraD00-22023:03
7R. MurphyD00-12020:30
11J. StaalC0004018:39
13J. StaalR00-12012:20
14N. GerbeL00-33017:16
18R. DvorakR0211012:30
19J. TlustyL0003015:43
22Z. DalpeC0002015:44
23J. WelshC00-41013:37
27J. FaulkD00-22020:22
32Z. BoychukL1003013:09
39P. DwyerR0110013:15
42B. SutterL0005013:02
47M. JordanD0000017:22
53J. SkinnerL00-33017:45
58C. TerryL1003014:39
65R. HainseyD00-10022:00
73B. BellemoreD0000217:04
31A. Khudobin2429.82860:00
70M. Murphy00.0000:00
3M. PysykD0042018:54
12K. PorterC0000013:59
19C. HodgsonC1014218:55
20H. TallinderD00-21018:38
22J. LarssonL2017015:44
23V. LeinoL0100014:19
25M. GrigorenkoC0010012:53
26T. VanekL0110017:51
33J. ArmiaR1123015:11
44B. McNabbD1241018:23
55R. RistolainenD00-21019:05
57T. MyersD0012022:26
61N. ZadorovD0013222:35
63T. EnnisC0012012:33
65B. FlynnC0012216:18
70C. GilliesC000027:32
72L. AdamC000128:54
78C. TroppR0010015:50
30R. Miller3436.94460:00
31M. Hackett00.0000:00