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Hurricanes sweep home-and-home set from Sabres

Friday, 01.25.2013 / 9:51 PM

Chris Ryndak - NHL.com Correspondent

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Hurricanes sweep home-and-home set from Sabres
Carolina Hurricanes 3, Buffalo Sabres 1
Three Stars of the Game
Jay Harrison
1st
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 22:24
Dan Ellis
2nd
SA: 41TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 30-30
PIM: 0PP: 8-9
SV%: .976SH: 2-2
Ryan Miller
3rd
SA: 41TOI: 59:42
GA: 2EV: 33-34
PIM: 0PP: 6-7
SV%: .951SH: 0-0

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- In the second game of a back-to-back, home-and-home series between the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes, the third period proved to be the decisive one. The Hurricanes defeated the Sabres for the second night in a row, this time on the road.

Jay Harrison broke a tie with 4:50 remaining to send the Hurricanes to a 3-1 victory against the Sabres on Friday at First Niagara Center.

Following an icing call, Hurricanes captain Eric Staal won a faceoff against Tyler Ennis. The puck went back to Harrison, who slapped a shot from the point over the shoulder of goaltender Ryan Miller.

The teams took 41 shots each. The Sabres opened the scoring then gave up three unanswered goals in the final period.

Less than two minutes into the third period, Sabres forward Thomas Vanek took the puck in the corner to goalie Dan Ellis' right and muscled his way through defenseman Joni Pitkanen. Vanek worked his way into the slot and wristed a shot past Ellis for his third goal of the season.

Alexander Semin tied the game on a Carolina power play about 90 seconds later for his first goal with the Hurricanes. As Sabres defenseman Robyn Regehr reached out to tap the puck out of the zone, Semin stole it and went hard toward the middle of the ice. He pulled back and sniped a shot into the corner over Miller’s glove.

Jeff Skinner added an empty-net goal with 25.2 seconds remaining.

The teams met the night before in Carolina with the Hurricanes getting a 6-3 victory. Staal had a hat trick that included the game-winning goal, and Skinner added a pair of goals, but Friday’s rematch would not provide as much scoring.

Miller stopped 39 shots and Ellis made 40 saves. Ellis' prior appearance against Buffalo came as a member of the Nashville Predators when he allowed three goals on 14 shots in relief on Feb. 27, 2008.

The Sabres were without Ville Leino (hip) and Cody McCormick (finger) for the fourth consecutive game. Coach Lindy Ruff said earlier in the day that Leino’s injury would not require surgery. Tuomo Ruutu missed another game for Carolina with a hip injury.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
01:56
BUF
PPG - Thomas Vanek (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Pominville (5), Christian Ehrhoff (3)
1 - 0 BUF
03:31
CAR
PPG - Alexander Semin (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jordan Staal (4)
1 - 1 Tie
15:10
CAR
Jay Harrison (1) Slapshot - ASST: Eric Staal (1)
2 - 1 CAR
19:34
CAR
PPG - EN - Jeff Skinner (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Tim Gleason (1), Jay Harrison (1)
3 - 1 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
00:56
BUF
Jordan Leopold  Interference against  Jeff Skinner
01:34
CAR
Jordan Staal  Interference against  Jason Pominville
10:27
BUF
Steve Ott  Fighting (maj) against  Tim Gleason
10:27
CAR
Tim Gleason  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Ott
10:27
CAR
Tim Gleason  Instigator against  Steve Ott
10:27
CAR
Tim Gleason  Misconduct (10 min)
10:27
BUF
Steve Ott  Elbowing against  Justin Faulk
16:32
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Justin Faulk
16:32
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Justin Faulk
17:01
CAR
Jeff Skinner  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Patrick Kaleta
2nd Period
03:45
CAR
Joni Pitkanen  Interference against  Patrick Kaleta
14:47
CAR
Jordan Staal  Holding against  Marcus Foligno
3rd Period
01:37
CAR
Jordan Staal  Tripping against  Drew Stafford
02:50
BUF
Marcus Foligno  Hi-sticking against  Jiri Tlusty
17:51
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Cross checking against  Tim Gleason
goalie stats
Dan Ellis
SA: 41TOI: 60:00
Saves: 40EV: 30 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .976SH: 2 - 2
Ryan Miller
SA: 41TOI: 59:42
Saves: 39EV: 33 - 34
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .951SH: 0 - 0