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game recap

Sabres 8, Hurricanes 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Sabres 8, Hurricanes 1
Carolina Hurricanes 1, Buffalo Sabres 8

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -The Buffalo Sabres' game plan on Saturday night was to shoot on net. Much to their delight, the strategy worked better than expected.

Ales Kotalik had two goals, Jaroslav Spacek had a goal and two assists, and the Sabres scored four times in the third period of their 8-1 win over the struggling Carolina Hurricanes.

"You don't expect games like that to happen," said Buffalo defenseman Brian Campbell, who had two assists after being named captain for the month of December prior to the game. "It was a bonus, obviously, and guys deserved it. It's something we can build off of."

Tim Connolly, Derek Roy and Maxim Afinogenov had a goal and assist each, and Adam Mair and Thomas Vanek also scored for the Sabres, who have won six of their last seven. Ryan Miller made 20 saves for Buffalo, which won for the fourth time in five home games.

The Sabres scored twice in the opening 4 minutes, then followed that spurt with two more goals in a 56-second span late in the second period to break it open. It was the seventh straight game in which the Sabres were able to score the first goal.

Hurricanes defense Glen Wesley said the team let goalie John Grahame down.

"We hung him out to dry," Wesley said. "He deserves better."

Grahame made his second start in four games. He finished with 17 saves, including denying Drew Stafford's penalty shot with 3:02 left in the second period.

Stafford was awarded the penalty shot after he was hauled down on a partial breakaway by defenseman Bret Hedican.

"They came out with a jump," Grahame said. "They just kept coming at us and coming at us. Anytime you let eight goals in, you're not doing something right."

Ray Whitney scored for Carolina, which lost for the sixth time in the last nine games. Whitney's goal came with just 1:55 left in regulation, spoiling Miller's shutout bid.

The Hurricanes dominated play through the first part of the second period, but Miller was there to keep them at bay. His best save came midway through the period when he made a glove-hand stop on Matt Cullen's wicked wrist shot from the slot while the Hurricanes had the man advantage and trailed 2-0.

"We didn't have a strong second period when they were trying to come back, but we were able to extend the lead by two goals at the same time," Kotalik said. "In the third, the game just slipped away from them."

Kotalik got things going for the Sabres with his sixth of the year just 92 seconds into the game when his wrist shot from the outer edge of the left circle eluded Grahame. Connolly scored less than 3 minutes later when he sent a slap shot from the high slot past Grahame while Buffalo was on the power play.

The two goals came on Buffalo's first five shots.

The Sabres pushed their lead to 3-0 on Mair's third goal with 4 1/2 minutes left in the second period. Off the draw in the left circle, center Paul Gaustad nudged the puck past Carolina center Rod Brind'Amour and sent a pass to Mair, who tapped the puck in.

Afinogenov's fourth goal - a slap shot from the top of the left circle - just under a minute later gave the Sabres a 4-0 lead.

Roy had a short-handed goal just 76 seconds into the third after Connolly sent him in alone on Grahame. Vanek pushed the lead to 6-0 with his seventh on another breakaway at 6:48.

Kotalik added a power-play goal midway through the third, and Spacek finished the Buffalo scoring at 12:03.

Notes: The Sabres rotate their captains each month. ... Mair returned after missing 10 games because of an ankle injury. ... Right wing Clarke MacArthur was sent to Rochester of the AHL. ... Brind'Amour is eight games shy of playing in his 1,300th NHL game and six points shy of 1,100. ... Carolina began a five-game road trip. ... Buffalo begins a three-game, West Coast road trip on Wednesday in Anaheim.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:32
BUF
Ales Kotalik (6) ASST: Toni Lydman (5)
1 - 0 BUF
04:18
BUF
PPG - Tim Connolly (3) ASST: Derek Roy (10), Jaroslav Spacek (8)
2 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
15:32
BUF
Adam Mair (3) ASST: Paul Gaustad (6)
3 - 0 BUF
16:28
BUF
Maxim Afinogenov (4) ASST: Brian Campbell (15)
4 - 0 BUF
3rd Period
01:16
BUF
SHG - Derek Roy (9) ASST: Tim Connolly (15)
5 - 0 BUF
06:48
BUF
Thomas Vanek (7) ASST: Drew Stafford (5)
6 - 0 BUF
10:34
BUF
PPG - Ales Kotalik (7) ASST: Paul Gaustad (7), Jaroslav Spacek (9)
7 - 0 BUF
12:03
BUF
Jaroslav Spacek (6) ASST: Maxim Afinogenov (6), Brian Campbell (16)
8 - 0 BUF
18:05
CAR
PPG - Ray Whitney (12) ASST: Bret Hedican (5), Dennis Seidenberg (6)
8 - 1 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
02:25
CAR
Chad LaRose  Roughing against  Paul Gaustad
02:25
BUF
Paul Gaustad  Roughing against  Chad LaRose
03:16
CAR
Erik Cole  Interference against  Derek Roy
05:21
CAR
Scott Walker  Hooking against  Daniel Paille
09:17
CAR
Ray Whitney  Slashing against  Derek Roy
09:17
BUF
Derek Roy  Slashing against  Ray Whitney
13:03
BUF
Ales Kotalik  Interference against  Rod Brind'Amour
18:33
BUF
Drew Stafford  Hooking against  Matt Cullen
2nd Period
05:22
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Cross checking against  Bret Hedican
07:47
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Slashing against  Eric Staal
19:25
BUF
Toni Lydman  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
3rd Period
07:53
BUF
Nolan Pratt  Cross checking against  Chad LaRose
07:53
CAR
Chad LaRose  Roughing against  Drew Stafford
07:53
BUF
Nolan Pratt  Roughing against  Chad LaRose
10:20
CAR
Trevor Letowski  Holding against  Maxim Afinogenov
11:31
BUF
Drew Stafford  Slashing against  Bret Hedican
11:31
CAR
Bret Hedican  Slashing against  Drew Stafford
17:47
BUF
Toni Lydman  Hooking against  Rod Brind'Amour
goalie stats
John Grahame
SA: 25TOI: 59:52
Saves: 17EV: 14 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .680SH: 2 - 3
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 13 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .952SH: 1 - 1