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Hurricanes outlast Sabres 4-2

Jeff Skinner snaps his 13-game scoring drought in the loss

March 16, 2019 - 7:33 pm

The Buffalo Sabres scored for the first time in more than three games on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to prevent the team's seventh straight loss, a 4-2 defeat to the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Jeff Skinner snapped the team's goalless drought early in the first with his 37th goal of the season, tying a career high. The goal marked the Sabres' first goal in 199:58. I was also Skinner's first goal in 13 games. The Buffalo forward collected the puck behind the net and fired an off-angle shot at McElhinney. The puck found its way into the net and the Sabres were on the board for the first time since March 7. Skinner nearly made it 2-0 moments later, but his wide open shot from the slot went off the post. 

Later in the period, Lucas Wallmark found the net with his ninth goal of the season, tying the score 1-1. Wallmark's shot trickled through Linus Ullmark's pads on Carolina's fourth shot of the game. The Hurricanes took the lead at 1:07 of the second period thanks to Andrei Svechnikov, who was left alone to Ullmark's left. Carolina got another late goal in the middle frame when Justin Williams squeezed one by Ullmark for his 21st at the 3-1 lead. 

Jordan Staal's spin move with 4:14 to play in the third period made it a 4-1 advantage in favor of the Hurricanes.

A late goal by Zemgus Girgensons cut the deficit in half, but Carolina prevailed with two points in a tight wild card race.


Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 2:18 - Jeff Skinner (37) (Matt Hunwick, Sam Reinhart)
CAR: 13:52 - Lucas Wallmark (9) (Jordan Martinook, Brett Pesce)

Second Period:

CAR: 1:07 - Andrei Svechnikov (18) (Teuvo Teravainen); 17:09 - Justin Williams (21) (Justin Faulk, Nino Niederreiter)

Third Period:

BUF: 18:59 - Zemgus Girgensons (4) (Brandon Montour)
CAR: 15:46 - Jordan Staal (7) (Micheal Ferland, Dougie Hamilton)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

​CAR: 16:54 - Jordan Martinook (Tripping - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 1:54 - Casey Nelson (Fighting - 5 min.)
CAR: 1:54 - Micheal Ferland (Fighting - 5 min.)

Third Period:

BUF: 3:07 - Zach Bogosian (Holding - 2 min.)
CAR: 8:39 - Trevor van Riemsdyk (Holding - 2 min.)

Shots on Goal:

BUF: 37 (7, 13, 17)
CAR: 29 (11, 12, 6)


BUF: Linus Ullmark - 25 saves
CAR: Curtis McElhinney - 35 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 0 for 2 (0%)
CAR: 0 for 1 (0%)

Three Stars:

  1. Jordan Staal - CAR
  2. Curtis McElhinney - CAR
  3. Lucas Wallmark - CAR

What's Next:

A quick turnaroud for the Sabres, who look to avoid an eighth straight loss when they host the St. Louis Blues on Sunday at 5 p.m. The game marks Ryan O'Reilly's return to Buffalo. The Blues are currently in a playoff spot, sitting in third place in the Central Division, and are coming off a 5-1 win at Pittsburgh on Saturday.

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