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Ward makes 18 saves as Hurricanes beat Sabres 1-0 in preseason finale

Friday, 09.27.2013 / 9:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Ward makes 18 saves as Hurricanes beat Sabres 1-0 in preseason finale

RALEIGH, N.C. - Cam Ward made 18 saves to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Buffalo Sabres 1-0 on Friday night in their preseason finale.

Patrick Dwyer had the only goal, snapping a wrist shot past Ryan Miller from a sharp angle in the second period. Jordan Staal and Ron Hainsey each had an assist.

Miller made 29 saves for the Sabres.

The Hurricanes finished with a 3-3-0 record in the preseason, winning their final three games. Carolina will open the regular season next Friday at home against Detroit.

Buffalo went 4-2-1 in the preseason, losing three of its last four. The Sabres also begin the season against the Red Wings, travelling to Detroit on Wednesday.

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