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Canes earn first win 6-3 over Sabres

Posted January 24, 2013

FINAL: Eric Staal grabs an empty netter to solidify a hat-trick on the night and give the Canes a 6-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

10:34, third period: Second goal for Eric Staal tonight gives the Canes a 5-3 lead over the Sabres with 10:34 to go in the game.

13:54, third period: Buffalo closes the gap with a Jason Pominville score. Canes still have a lead, 4-3 with 13:54 to go in the game

5:55, second period: Jeff Skinner and Eric Staal score back-to-back goals within a matter of seconds to take a two goal lead over Buffalo.

9:21, second period: Buffalo ties it with a Ehrhoff shot and Pominville deflection, Sabres tie it up 2-2 with 9:21 left in the second period.

11:10, second period: Cody Hodgson netted one for Buffalo to pull the Sabres within one of the Canes in the second period.

15:54, second period: Justin Faulk rips a slapshot on a shorthanded 3-on-1 past Sabres goalie Enroth. Canes lead 2-0.

18:58, second period: Jeff Skinner nets one on the back hand after assists from Zac Dalpe and Jordan Staal. The Canes go up 1-0 and have their first lead of the season.

First intermission: The Carolina Hurricanes came out skating with a lot more energy in the first against Buffalo. Midway through the first period it became a power play battle as each team traded penalties. Both teams came out of the first period scoreless, despite a combined 13 shots on goal.


The Carolina Hurricanes are off to their usual slow start. After losing the home opener 4-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team fell to 0-2 on the season. The Canes look for its first win of the season Thursday at the PNC Arena against the undefeated Buffalo Sabres.

The Hurricanes have been outscored 9-2 through two games and face a team in Buffalo built on stingy defense. The Sabres have beaten Philadelphia and Toronto to start the season behind the solid goaltending of Ryan Miller. Buffalo will give him the night off in Raleigh but that might not be a good thing for the Canes. Back-up Jhonas Enroth is 2-0-0, with a 0.49 GAA and one shutout in two games against Carolina. Cam Ward will make his third consecutive start for the Canes.

The Canes worked on getting to the front of the net during practice Wednesday, an area where head coach Kirk Muller says he team needs to play with more toughness, something missing from the first two games.

“It’s all about getting the puck and we haven’t done a good enough job, we got to be a tougher team to play against. Getting in front of shots, getting the pucks in the corners, win your battles, tough in front of the net, boxing out, all those areas that’s where we have to increase our level at,” said Muller.

Buffalo has become a tougher team from last season, trading for pesky center Steve Ott from Dallas and signing free agent bruiser John Scott. A quick thought is that the other brand of hockey toughness might be on display at the PNC Arena, aka a few fist-to-cuffs.

This is the first of a home and home with Sabres, the same teams will play Friday night in Buffalo.

• Defenseman Joe Corvo will be out of the line-up tonight, Jamie McBain will see his first action of the season.
• Jiri Tlusty has been moved back to the left wing of Eric Staal. Alex Semin remains on the right side of the Hurricane captain. So far the Staal/Semin Duo has combined for 0 goals, 1 assist, 17 shots and a minus 1 rating.
• The Hurricanes won the season series last year 2-1-1.

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  • TarheelStateNative Jan 24, 9:07 p.m.

    ^^ Amen to that! Go Canes!

  • common tater Jan 24, 7:44 p.m.

    Now they're playin HOCKEY. Win or lose, can't fault them if they give the same effort in the next 40 min.

  • ohheels1 Jan 24, 7:36 p.m.

    They will continue to lose until they start playing DEFENSE...great they acquired offensive 'threats' but perhaps they should have focused on getting some defense...just sayin'

  • common tater Jan 24, 6:48 p.m.

    I'm with canes87...HATE to see the canes lose to the team with rude/obnoxious fans...hope the guys can get something going tonight.

  • evadbbat Jan 24, 6:21 p.m.

    Some defense would be nice.

  • bubbba Jan 24, 6:09 p.m.

    Buffalo has the worst and most arrogant fans in the world. Not to mention ZERO CUPS (you'd think they're the Red Wings by the way they act). Please win Canes and send their obnoxious trashy fan base home sad!

    Hey I love Sabres fans. When the Hurricanes are boring I get to watch them.

  • CarolinaHurricanes87 Jan 24, 5:54 p.m.

    Buffalo has the worst and most arrogant fans in the world. Not to mention ZERO CUPS (you'd think they're the Red Wings by the way they act). Please win Canes and send their obnoxious trashy fan base home sad!

  • PanthersFan45 Jan 24, 5:12 p.m.

    Plain and simple ..... generate some chances and score some goals. Cam Ward has looked rusty and I don't have much confidence him yet, he may give up 3 or 4 goals again tonight. I hope I'm wrong.

  • bubbba Jan 24, 5:04 p.m.

    Wont happen tonite or the next night.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jan 24, 3:53 p.m.

    It may not be panic time, but the Canes really, really need to win this game tonight.

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TEXAM 59
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USC 72
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CLEM 70
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DAY 64
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SHU 68
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LOYC 52
 
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USB 65
 
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TOL 68
 
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TROY 60
 
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SILL 51
 
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NMU 68
 
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