Buffalo
Sabres
37-34-7-4
Carolina
Hurricanes
28-34-14-6

21 SOG
39 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
BUF
CAR
game recap

Buffalo Sabres 4, Carolina Hurricanes 2 FINAL

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:28 AM

Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Jochen Hecht and Martin Biron showed the Buffalo Sabres how to rally from a deficit.

Hecht had two goals and Biron made 37 saves, helping the Sabres erase a two-goal deficit and beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 Sunday for a rare comeback win.

Derek Roy's third-period goal put the Sabres ahead to stay, and Milan Bartovic added a goal and an assist.

Entering the game, the Sabres were 4-18-2 when they allowed the first goal, and 1-12-1 when trailing after the first period. But none of that mattered Sunday as the Sabres took advantage of mistakes by Carolina goaltender Jamie Storr.

``It doesn't happen very often,'' Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. ``It would've been an easy game to go the other way, but we came back.''

Erik Cole and Kevyn Adams scored for the Hurricanes, who had a 39-21 advantage in shots.

Roy's second goal of the season gave the Sabres the lead and sent Carolina to its fourth straight home loss.

After a turnover by defenseman Bruno St. Jacques in the Carolina zone, Bartovic shot on Storr, who made the save but failed to control the puck. Roy pushed the rebound into the left side of the net at 5:15 for a 3-2 lead.

It was just one of three goals that came off miscues by Storr.

The Sabres scored twice off rebounds. Bartovic scored Buffalo's first goal off a shot by Andy Delmore, poking the puck past Storr at 3:55 of the second period.

Hecht scored an insurance goal when he stole Storr's pass along the boards and beat the goaltender back to the net at 18:31 of the third.

Storr, the backup to Kevin Weekes, took responsibility for the loss.

``If I had made key saves at key times, there's no way we should've come out of this game without at least a tie and we should've had a win,'' Storr said.

Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette didn't blame his goaltender.

``We're not here to try hard. We've got to win games,'' he said. ``So I'm failing miserably, the players are failing miserably. And our fans are coming out and waiting for something to cheer about, and we're failing miserably at that as well.''

Carolina charged to an early lead when Cole took Radim Vrbata's pass from behind the net and beat Biron from the left side at 4:06 of the first.

The Hurricanes led 2-0 on Adams' short-handed goal early in the second. After racing up the ice on a turnover, he hesitated on the shot to let a sprawled-out Delmore slide by before beating Biron at 2:14.

The Sabres closed the gap with Bartovic's goal, and Hecht tied it midway through the period, sidestepping defender Niclas Wallin and scoring on a shot from the left circle.

Biron also had three big stops late in the period, turning back shots by Ron Francis, and Justin Williams, and making a diving stop on a shot by Josef Vasicek after getting caught behind the net.

``When your goaltender is on his game, it really helps a lot,'' Roy said. ``You can rely on him, take more chances and it lets you play harder.''

scoring summary
1st Period
04:06
CAR
Erik Cole (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Radim Vrbata (7), Kevyn Adams (4)
1 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
02:14
CAR
SHG - Kevyn Adams (7) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 0 CAR
03:55
BUF
Milan Bartovic (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Andy Delmore (2), Brian Campbell (3)
2 - 1 CAR
10:16
BUF
Jochen Hecht (5) Snap shot - ASST: Dmitri Kalinin (16), Miroslav Satan (11)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
05:15
BUF
Derek Roy (2) Slapshot - ASST: Milan Bartovic (1)
3 - 2 BUF
18:31
BUF
Jochen Hecht (6) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
4 - 2 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
04:47
BUF
Eric Boulton  Fighting (maj) against  Jesse Boulerice
04:47
CAR
Jesse Boulerice  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Boulton
05:02
BUF
Adam Mair  Fighting (maj) against  Craig Adams
05:02
CAR
Craig Adams  Fighting (maj) against  Adam Mair
07:24
CAR
Sean Hill  Slashing against  Jochen Hecht
11:20
BUF
Dmitri Kalinin  Tripping against  Erik Cole
2nd Period
01:39
CAR
Bruno St. Jacques  Tripping against  Derek Roy
11:15
CAR
Jesse Boulerice  Roughing against  Curtis Brown
14:02
BUF
Milan Bartovic  Slashing against  Sean Hill
17:45
BUF
Ales Kotalik  Holding against  Josef Vasicek
3rd Period
01:28
BUF
Alexei Zhitnik  Tripping - Obstruction against  Justin Williams
07:15
CAR
Pavel Brendl  Roughing against  J-P Dumont
07:38
BUF
Jochen Hecht  Hi-sticking against  Bret Hedican
goalie stats
Martin Biron
Martin Biron
SA: 39TOI: 60:00
Saves: 37EV: 29 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .949SH: 1 - 2
Jamie Storr
SA: 21TOI: 58:47
Saves: 17EV: 11 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .810SH: 3 - 3