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Sabres 7, Hurricanes 4

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:19 AM

David Droschak

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Sabres 7, Hurricanes 4
Buffalo Sabres 7, Carolina Hurricanes 4

Sabres Win a Wild One at RBC Center

David Droschak

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RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 13, 2006) - What was shaping up as the best comeback of the season quickly turned into a third-period collapse for the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Canes rallied from a three-goal deficit to tie it when Rod Brind'Amour played the waiting game on Buffalo goalie Martin Biron at the side of the net, slipping it between Biron's pads with 13:37 left to get the RBC Center crowd into the game.

But the Carolina captain lost a faceoff 46 seconds later and the Sabres took the lead for good, starting a three-goal outburst over a six-minute span en route to a 7-4 victory. It was a season-high goal total allowed by the Hurricanes, who gave up just two goals in the first two games of the home stand.

"It was frustrating because we gave them two goals," said Brind'Amour, who had a goal and assist to push his team-leading point total to 25 in 19 games. "The fourth and fifth goals, they didn't even to break a sweat.

"They are a good team and they make plays anyway, but when you just hand them two goals, the way they did it, was frustrating," he said. "You can't do that against good teams. You've got to make them earn it."

Coming into Monday night's game, Carolina had allowed just three power-play goals at home in 39 attempts and had killed all off 11 in recent 5-0 and 6-2 wins over Washington and Pittsburgh. But the Hurricanes allowed the Sabres to score twice with the man advantage and win for the second time here after losing the Eastern Conference finals to Carolina in seven games.

"They were doing a good job of working it around the perimeter at first and got us out of position and then worked it inside later," said Bret Hedican. "They've got a lot of powerful forwards who can score goals and unfortunately, we took too many penalties."

It was a rare poor first period for the Hurricanes, who had allowed just 11 goals in the opening period in 18 games before Buffalo's three-goal outburst.

"It was an awful first period," said Mike Commodore. "Down 3-0 to any team is tough to come back, especially a team that has lost one or two games all year. They are an explosive team and it was just too much."

Coach Peter Laviolette said his club paid for a poor opening 20 minutes and warned them at the break that it could get worse if they didn't pick up the pace.

"When you take three penalties and you're getting outshot 10-1 and you're not skating, you're not going to do much," Laviolette said. "It ended up costing us the game."

Carolina trailed 3-0 more than halfway through the game before getting on the board on a controversial goal midway through the second. The power play goal came after a lengthy review as Justin Williams rammed in a centering pass from Brind'Amour.

The Canes missed out on a golden opportunity three minutes after the Williams goal as Ray Whitney's pass to a wide open Brind'Amour in the slot kicked off his skate and he never got a shot off. Whitney made amends a minute later by lifting a Mike Commodore rebound from close quarter over the shoulder of Biron.

Brind'Amour almost tied it with 1:54 left in the period with a slap shot that hit the right post, sending the high-paced game into the third with the Canes trailing 3-2.

"We were pressing pretty good into the third period and then they got a few funny bounces," said Laviolette.

The New York Rangers come to town Wednesday night with the return of former Carolina players Aaron Ward, Matt Cullen, Marek Malik, Sandis Ozolinsh and Kevin Weekes.

"All games are important and unfortunately we let one slip away tonight," said Laviolette. "We'll refocus and get back to work. When you take a step backwards it seems like six teams are taking a step forwards. That's why it is important to put your foot on the gas after wins."

David Droschak is the former sports editor for the North Carolina bureaus of the Associated Press, the largest news-gathering organization in the world. In 2003, Droschak was named the North Carolina Sportswriter of the Year. The only writer in the Triangle to have covered the Carolina Hurricanes every season since the organization moved to North Carolina, he currently is a principal in the Raleigh-based public relations firm Hughes-Droschak Communications.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:57
BUF
PPG - Thomas Vanek (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Derek Roy (10), Teppo Numminen (9)
1 - 0 BUF
12:02
BUF
Jason Pominville (11) Tip-in - ASST: Daniel Briere (17), Brian Campbell (12)
2 - 0 BUF
19:38
BUF
Jochen Hecht (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Dmitri Kalinin (4), Daniel Briere (18)
3 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
11:15
CAR
PPG - Justin Williams (7) Tip-in - ASST: Rod Brind'Amour (18), Bret Hedican (4)
3 - 1 BUF
15:20
CAR
Ray Whitney (7) Tip-in - ASST: Mike Commodore (8), Bret Hedican (5)
3 - 2 BUF
3rd Period
06:23
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour (7) Snap shot - ASST: Ray Whitney (17), Mike Commodore (9)
3 - 3 Tie
07:09
BUF
Adam Mair (1) Snap shot - ASST: Thomas Vanek (11), Derek Roy (11)
4 - 3 BUF
11:07
BUF
PPG - Derek Roy (3) Tip-in - ASST: NONE
5 - 3 BUF
13:11
BUF
PPG - Paul Gaustad (3) Tip-in - ASST: Dmitri Kalinin (5), Teppo Numminen (10)
6 - 3 BUF
17:40
CAR
Scott Walker (9) Tip-in - ASST: Justin Williams (11), Andrew Hutchinson (2)
6 - 4 BUF
19:00
BUF
EN - Jochen Hecht (5) Snap shot - ASST: Chris Drury (8), Teppo Numminen (11)
7 - 4 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
01:04
CAR
Bret Hedican  Tripping against  Daniel Briere
07:10
CAR
Ray Whitney  Tripping against  Thomas Vanek
09:25
CAR
Justin Williams  Hi-sticking against  Brian Campbell
13:32
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Hooking against  Andrew Hutchinson
2nd Period
07:43
BUF
Chris Drury  Hi-sticking against  Eric Staal
08:52
CAR
Ray Whitney  Interference against  Jason Pominville
10:20
BUF
Ales Kotalik  Hooking against  Glen Wesley
16:05
CAR
Erik Cole  Elbowing against  Brian Campbell
18:57
CAR
Bret Hedican  Hooking against  Paul Gaustad
3rd Period
00:47
BUF
Jason Pominville  Tripping against  Chad LaRose
11:00
CAR
Mike Commodore  Tripping against  Daniel Briere
11:46
CAR
Erik Cole  Interference against  Chris Drury
14:12
BUF
Jochen Hecht  Hooking against  Eric Belanger
18:05
BUF
Daniel Briere  Tripping against  Eric Staal
18:11
CAR
Ray Whitney  Hooking against  Teppo Numminen
goalie stats
Martin Biron
Martin Biron
SA: 35TOI: 59:50
Saves: 31EV: 25 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .886SH: 1 - 1
Cam Ward
SA: 33TOI: 58:48
Saves: 27EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 10
SV%: .818SH: 0 - 0