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Sabres 5, Hurricanes 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Sabres 5, Hurricanes 1
Carolina Hurricanes 1, Buffalo Sabres 5

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -One spectacular save was enough to spark the Buffalo Sabres.

With Buffalo down 1-0, the game turned when Ryan Miller made a spectacular diving glove stop on a rebound attempt by Carolina captain Rod Brind'Amour from the left circle while the Hurricanes were short-handed late in the period.

The block proved to be the catalyst for the Sabres, who scored five times in the third period to keep the Hurricanes winless on the road with a 5-1 victory Saturday night.

"It was a wakeup call for us," said forward Mike Grier, who started the third-period rally by banging home a rebound 2 minutes in. "It made us realize that, 'Hey, we need to get going."'

Get going they did. The Sabres shrugged off their slow start to win their second straight after a four-game winless streak.

"That was probably the turning point of the game," Brind'Amour said about being robbed by Miller. "If we go up 2-0, it's a way different game. Right at the end of the period and short-handed, that would probably deflate them instead of giving them a big lift."

It was the second straight night that the Hurricanes were unable to preserve a third-period lead. Atlanta erased a three-goal deficit Friday by scoring five goals in the final frame against Carolina in a 6-4 win.

Thomas Vanek, Derek Roy and Jochen Hecht had a goal and assist each, and Clarke MacArthur also scored for Buffalo (14-7-2).

The Sabres trudged through a sloppy second period in which they were slow to loose pucks, and consistently bottled up by Carolina's forecheck. But Miller's denial of Brind'Amour elevated the energy both on the ice and in the crowd.

After the save was replayed on the video screen a minute later, the fans gave Miller, who finished with 30 stops overall, a standing ovation.

"Even most guys on the bench got up and couldn't believe it," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "I didn't believe it until I saw him throw it out. That picks a team up, and it's one of those real special saves."

It's been anything but special for the last-place Hurricanes (5-16-5), who remain the NHL's lone team without a win away from home (0-10-3).

The last NHL team to open with 13 straight winless road games or more was the 2003-04 Columbus Blue Jackets, who started 0-11-2 with one tie away from home.

"It's no fun here right now," center Eric Staal said. "Obviously, we're fragile. That's two games in a row where the third period comes around and we lose both. That's the sign of a team that isn't feeling it."

Matt Cullen scored for Carolina, and Michael Leighton made 19 saves in his fourth start of the season, and first in nearly two weeks after sustaining a lower-body injury.

After Grier broke through, MacArthur followed by giving the Sabres their first lead, redirecting a pass on the power play from Roy at 4:33 to make it 2-1.

Roy made it 3-1 when he shoveled in a loose puck in the crease after Jason Pominville kicked it toward the net from the slot, and Hecht made it 4-1 with another power-play goal midway through the third.

Cullen opened the scoring at 8:19 of the first period, converting a turnover by Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers at the Sabres' blue line. Cullen went in and backhanded the puck past Miller.

The Sabres were without captain Craig Rivet (leg) and center Paul Gaustad (knee), while Carolina played without defenseman Joni Pitkanen, who sustained an upper-body injury on Friday against Atlanta.

NOTES: The Sabres also were a without rugged forward Patrick Kaleta, suspended by the NHL for two games for a boarding major penalty against Philadelphia's Jared Ross on Friday. ... Myers added a career-high three assists. ... The Hurricanes have lost five of their last eight after a 14-game winless streak.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:19
CAR
Matt Cullen (6) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
01:59
BUF
Michael Grier (4) ASST: Chris Butler (8), Thomas Vanek (7)
1 - 1 Tie
04:33
BUF
PPG - Clarke MacArthur (7) ASST: Derek Roy (13), Tyler Myers (8)
2 - 1 BUF
08:10
BUF
Derek Roy (5) ASST: Jason Pominville (9), Jochen Hecht (3)
3 - 1 BUF
11:22
BUF
PPG - Jochen Hecht (3) ASST: Tyler Myers (9), Andrej Sekera (2)
4 - 1 BUF
14:37
BUF
Thomas Vanek (8) ASST: Tyler Myers (10), Tim Kennedy (5)
5 - 1 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
06:10
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour  Tripping against  Derek Roy
18:54
BUF
Drew Stafford  Hi-sticking against  Tom Kostopoulos
2nd Period
03:21
CAR
Sergei Samsonov  Hi-sticking against  Derek Roy
06:42
BUF
Adam Mair  Charging against  Bryan Rodney
10:25
BUF
Clarke MacArthur  Hi-sticking against  Tuomo Ruutu
11:39
BUF
Derek Roy  Tripping against  Matt Cullen
16:46
CAR
Aaron Ward  Hooking against  Thomas Vanek
3rd Period
02:55
CAR
Sergei Samsonov  Tripping against  Derek Roy
10:04
CAR
Tim Gleason  Roughing against  Jochen Hecht
18:48
BUF
Nathan Paetsch  Interference against  Jussi Jokinen
goalie stats
Michael Leighton
SA: 24TOI: 59:58
Saves: 19EV: 11 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .792SH: 1 - 1
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
14-4-2
SA: 31TOI: 59:59
Saves: 30EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .968SH: 3 - 3