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game recap

Larsson scores twice as Sabres outlast Canes

Friday, 09.20.2013 / 1:33 AM
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Larsson scores twice as Sabres outlast Canes
Carolina Hurricanes 2, Buffalo Sabres 5
Three Stars of the Game
Brayden McNabb
1st
Brayden McNabb
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 4TOI: 18:23
Joel Armia
2nd
Joel Armia
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:11
Johan Larsson
3rd
Johan Larsson
G: 2Shots: 7
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 15:44

The Sabres got two goals by Johan Larsson and a goal and two assists from defenseman Brayden McNabb at First Niagara Center to win for the third time in as many games.

Larsson tied the game 2-2 when he deflected McNabb's left point shot past goaltender Anton Khobudin at 18:36 of the second period.

Cody Hodgson put Buffalo ahead to stay with 5:48 remaining in regulation, converting a feed from Thomas Vanek. Larsson scored again 56 seconds later, and McNabb added an insurance goal with 2:48 to play. Ryan Miller went all the way and made 34 saves.

"I liked how we refocused, especially in the third period," Sabres coach Ron Rolston said. "That's kind of a focal point for us and whether we're down a goal or tied or up a goal, we need to be able to finish games out or find a way to win games. Tonight we did that."

scoring summary
1st Period
15:45
CAR
Zach Boychuk (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrick Dwyer (1), Radek Dvorak (1)
1 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
10:39
BUF
Joel Armia (1) Wrap-around - ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
12:41
CAR
Chris Terry (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Radek Dvorak (2)
2 - 1 CAR
18:36
BUF
Johan Larsson (1) Tip-in - ASST: Brayden McNabb (1), Ville Leino (1)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
14:12
BUF
Cody Hodgson (1) Tip-in - ASST: Thomas Vanek (1), Joel Armia (1)
3 - 2 BUF
15:08
BUF
Johan Larsson (2) Slapshot - ASST: Brayden McNabb (2)
4 - 2 BUF
17:51
BUF
Brayden McNabb (1) Slapshot - ASST: NONE
5 - 2 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
06:21
BUF
Brian Flynn  Hooking  - 2 min against  Jeremy Welsh
13:25
BUF
Colton Gillies  Interference  - 2 min against  Nathan Gerbe
2nd Period
06:03
BUF
Luke Adam  Tripping  - 2 min against  Jeff Skinner
13:05
CAR
Brett Bellemore  Roughing  - 2 min against  Luke Adam
13:40
BUF
Cody Hodgson  Slashing  - 2 min against  Jordan Staal
3rd Period
10:15
BUF
Nikita Zadorov  Roughing  - 2 min against  Ryan Murphy
goalie stats
Anton Khudobin
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
GA: 5SV%: .828
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
GA: 2SV%: .944