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Hurricanes get the bounces in a 4-3 win over Sabres

Jeff Skinner scores in his return to Carolina

January 11, 2019 - 7:48 pm

An evening of bizarre goals and odd bounces ended up in favor of the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday in a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. Three Carolina goals went off Buffalo defenseman, including both of Sebastian Aho's two goals on the evening. Aho's first goal deflected off Rasmus Dahlin's skate and between Carter Hutton's pads. Jake McCabe got a piece of Aho's second goal, a wraparound attempt, that went off McCabe's stick. 

The oddities started early courtesy of Carolina forward Micheal Ferland's shot from a bad angle. As Carter Hutton went to snare the puck with his glove, it deflected and bounced off the back of the net, behind Hutton and over the goalline.

Jeff Skinner, playing in his first game back in Carolina since being dealt to Buffalo over the summer, found the net with his 30th goal of the season. With Saku Mäenalanen in the box for tripping, Skinner tipped home a Rasmus Dahlin rebound at 19:39 of the opening period, tying the game 1-1 heading to the first intermission. Skinner, who was named to the NHL All-Star team earlier in the day as the Atlantic Division's "Last Man In", became the sixth fastest Sabre in franchise history to reach the 30-goal mark (44 games).

Both teams traded goals in the first half of the second, starting with Carolina's Justin Williams. His 301st career goal beat Hutton up high over the right shoulder for the 2-1 Hurricanes lead. Only 30-seconds later, Jason Pominville tied it with a big wrist shot off a pass from Evan Rodrigues. The goal marked Pominville's first since November 17 and his first point since November 21. The tie was short-lived thanks to Aho, who beat Hutton 42-seconds after Pominville's goal for the 3-2 lead. Aho's second of the evening came later in the period, a wraparound chance that went off McCabe's stick and between Hutton's pads, making it 4-2 in favor of the Hurricanes.

Kyle Okposo cut the lead to one at 16:48 of the third, but Buffalo could not find the net again. Curtis McElhinney made 30 saves in the win while Hutton finished with 26 stops for the Sabres.



Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 19:39 - Jeff Skinner (30) PP (Rasmus Dahlin, Sam Reinhart)
CAR: 10:25 - Micheal Ferland (13) (Teuvo Teravainen, Jaccob Slavin)

Second Period:

BUF: 5:00 - Jason Pominville (10) (Evan Rodrigues)
CAR: 4:30 - Justin Williams (12) (Trevor van Riemsdyk); 5:42 - Sebastian Aho (17) (Micheal Ferland); 12:27 - Sebastian Aho (18) (Micheal Ferland, Teuvo Teravainen)

Third Period:

BUF: 16:48 - Kyle Okposo (7) (Marco Scandella, Johan Larsson)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 12:09 - Rasmus Ristolainen (Delay of Game - 2 min.)
CAR: 19:31 - Saku Mäenalanen (Tripping - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 16:41 - Johan Larsson (Roughing - 2 min.); 19:25 - Kyle Okposo (Holding - 2 min.)
CAR: 1:51 - Andrei Svechnikov (Hooking - 2 min.); 16:41 - Justin Faulk (Roughing - 4 min.)

Third Period:

CAR: 7:34 - Jordan Martinook (Tripping - 2 min.)

Shots on Goal:

BUF: 33 (12, 8, 13)
CAR: 30 (9, 11, 10)


BUF: Carter Hutton - 26 saves
CAR: Curtis McElhinney - 30 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 1 of 4 (25%)
CAR: 0 of 2 (0%)

Three Stars:

  1. Micheal Ferland - CAR
  2. Sebastian Aho - CAR
  3. Teuvo Teravainen - CAR

What's Next:

The Sabres return home on Saturday night to face the NHL's top team in the Tampa Bay Lightning at KeyBank Center. Faceoff on Saturday is set for 7 p.m. with pre-game on WGR Sports Radio 550 set for 6 p.m. with Brian Koziol.

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