The Carolina Hurricanes scored two shorthanded goals and another on the power play on their way to a 4-3 win over Buffalo on Friday, dealing the Sabres their first loss of the season.
“It was nice to win, especially with the kind of game it was,” Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. “There was a lot of excitement and action and banging.”
Jeff Skinner scored the game-winning goal on the power play with 1 minute, 24 seconds remaining in the third period, snapping a one-timer past Sabres goalie Ryan Miller.
Buffalo had tied the score just 57 seconds earlier on a goal by Drew Stafford.
Buffalo took the lead twice in the first period on goals from Thomas Vanek and Derek Roy, but Carolina fought back on both occasions through Jay Harrison and Brandon Sutter’s shorthanded strike with 12 seconds left in the period.
Tim Brent gave the Hurricanes their first lead of the game at 3-2 with a shorthanded goal seven minutes into the second period, before Stafford and Skinner scored in the third.
The Sabres had started the season with victories in Europe over the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings, while Carolina have won two in a row after starting the season with three defeats.
Ducks 1, Sharks 0
In Anaheim, California, Jonas Hiller made 31 saves in his 12th career shutout to steer Anaheim past San Jose.
Hiller is finally healthy after an apparent case of vertigo ruined last season. He was back in All-Star form in his first home start in nearly nine months, stopping 11 shots in the final period against the Ducks’ Pacific Division rivals.
Maxime Macenauer scored the sole goal, his first in the NHL.
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