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Canes Sweep Sabres in Season Series

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Michael Smith

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Canes Sweep Sabres in Season Series
Buffalo Sabres 3, Carolina Hurricanes 4
Three Stars of the Game
Alexander Semin
1st
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 19:35
Justin Peters
2nd
Justin Peters
G
SA: 40TOI: 60:00
GA: 3EV: 33-34
PIM: 0PP: 4-5
SV%: .925SH: 0-1
Eric Staal
3rd
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 3Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 20:31

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Alexander Semin had a goal and two assists, linemate Eric Staal added three assists and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Jiri Tlusty, Joe Corvo and Jussi Jokinen also scored for Carolina, which was playing for the first time since goalie Cam Ward went on injured reserve following a torn MCL that will require a recovery of six to eight weeks. The Hurricanes won their fourth straight and completed a three-game season sweep of the Sabres.

Staal picked up his 600th NHL point with the first of his two assists on the night on Tlusty's goal in the first period.

Justin Peters, recalled from Charlotte of the AHL, had 37 saves in his first start of the season for the Hurricanes.

Cody Hodgson scored twice and T.J. Brennan had a goal for the Sabres. Ryan Miller had 24 saves.

The Hurricanes led 1-0 after one period, outshooting the Sabres 12-6. Tlusty beat Miller on glove side from the slot on Staal's centering pass just 91 seconds into the game. Semin also had an assist on the play, giving the trio a four-game scoring streak.

Corvo made it 2-0 with a power-play goal from the left point at 12:17 of the second.

Peters' best save came with 1:17 left in the second, when he stopped Thomas Vanek's shot in the crease with the barrel of his stick. Vanek was back in the Buffalo lineup after missing two games with a lower-body injury.

The Sabres made it 2-1 on a rush 25 seconds into the third, with Hodgson picking up the change from Vanek's blast from the high slot.

But Jokinen took just 50 seconds to restore the two-goal lead, scoring on Staal's feed into the low slot with Semin again on the secondary assist.

Brennan scored a power-play goal from the right point on Jason Pominville's assist with 5:27 remaining, just 3 seconds after Jay Harrison had returned to the ice to end a 5-on-3.

But Semin scored from Staal with 3:47 left to get Carolina the 4-2 lead.

Hodgson scored short-handed goal with 34 seconds to go.

Buffalo right wing Patrick Kaleta was serving the first of his five-game suspension for his hit on New York Rangers center Brad Richards on Sunday.

NOTES: It was Buffalo's first-ever visit to Carolina without Lindy Ruff as head coach. ... D Joni Pitkanen (lower body) missed his ninth straight game for Carolina while C Tim Brent (lower body) missed his eighth straight, and RW Chad LaRose (concussion) his second straight. ... Carolina was playing the opener of a three-game homestand. ... The Sabres were playing the second of a four-game road swing.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:31
CAR
Jiri Tlusty (11) ASST: Eric Staal (14), Alexander Semin (16)
1 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
12:17
CAR
PPG - Joe Corvo (3) ASST: Bobby Sanguinetti (2), Jussi Jokinen (4)
2 - 0 CAR
3rd Period
00:25
BUF
Cody Hodgson (9) ASST: Thomas Vanek (16), Jason Pominville (9)
2 - 1 CAR
01:15
CAR
Jussi Jokinen (5) ASST: Eric Staal (15), Alexander Semin (17)
3 - 1 CAR
14:33
BUF
PPG - TJ Brennan (1) ASST: Jason Pominville (10), Tyler Ennis (10)
3 - 2 CAR
16:13
CAR
Alexander Semin (6) ASST: Eric Staal (16), Tim Gleason (4)
4 - 2 CAR
19:25
BUF
SHG - Cody Hodgson (10) ASST: NONE
4 - 3 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
17:17
BUF
Robyn Regehr  Hooking against  Patrick Dwyer
2nd Period
10:30
BUF
Cody Hodgson  Holding the stick against  Jordan Staal
14:29
CAR
Jiri Tlusty  Slashing against  Marcus Foligno
3rd Period
12:30
CAR
Jay Harrison  Tripping against  Jason Pominville
13:19
CAR
Jamie McBain  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
18:46
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Interference on goalkeeper against  Justin Peters
goalie stats
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
9-11-2
SA: 28TOI: 59:29
Saves: 24EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .857SH: 1 - 1
Justin Peters
SA: 40TOI: 60:00
Saves: 37EV: 33 - 34
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .925SH: 0 - 1