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Alexander Semin, Jiri Tlusty score in 1:55 span in third, Hurricanes rally to beat Sabres 4-2

Thursday, 03.13.2014 / 9:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Alexander Semin, Jiri Tlusty score in 1:55 span in third, Hurricanes rally to beat Sabres 4-2

RALEIGH, N.C. - Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty scored in a 1:55 span in the third period to give the Carolina Hurricanes the lead in their 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

Semin tied it at 2 on a power play with 8:12 left, and Tlusty scored with 6:17 to go.

Jeff Skinner had a first-period goal — his 26th — to help Carolina win its second in a row after losing seven of eight. Nathan Gerbe had an empty-net goal with a second left.

Cam Ward made 21 saves, making his second consecutive start after backstopping the Hurricanes to a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

Tyler Ennis scored on a penalty shot and Drew Stafford added a goal for Buffalo. Michal Neuvirth made a season-high 51 saves in his second start for the Sabres since being acquired in a trade with Washington on March 5.

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