Gary Roberts scored his 21st goal of the season but it wasn't enough to slow down the red-hot Buffalo Sabres as the Hurricanes fell to Buffalo 5-1 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena.
Miroslav Satan and Doug Gilmour each had a goal and three assists as the Sabres won their fourth straight.
The Hurricanes fell three points behind the Sabres and remained in 10th position. The two teams meet again Friday night in Buffalo.
Carolina hit four posts, but could only manage the second-period goal by Roberts against Dominik Hasek, who won his fourth straight start.
Roberts got the crowd of 15,395 into the game with his game-tying goal, but Buffalo's Curtis Brown scored 17 seconds later, picking up a rebound from a Satan blast and beating Arturs Irbe.
One day after firing 49 shots at the Islanders, Carolina peppered Hasek with 13 in the first period, but hit a pair of posts and couldn't beat the Czech goalie.
1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
Buffalo 1 2 2 5
Carolina 0 1 0 1
First Period: Scoring: 1, Buffalo, Mckee 5 (unassisted), 9:08. Penalties: Zhitnik, Buf (cross checking), 12:32; Mccarthy, Car (cross checking), 12:32.
Second Period: Scoring: 2, Carolina, Roberts 21 (power play) (Francis, Coffey), 7:19. 3, Buffalo, Brown 20 (Satan, Gilmour), 7:36. 4, Buffalo, Satan 32 (Gilmour, Brown), 15:09. Penalties: Karpa, Car (slashing), 3:25; Tsyplakov, Buf (Obstr tripping), 6:48; Woolley, Buf (boarding), 9:29; Hill, Car (holding), 19:41.
Third Period: Scoring: 5, Buffalo, Tsyplakov 12 (Gilmour, Satan), 8:15. 6, Buffalo, Gilmour 25 (Satan), 11:31. Penalties: Hasek, Buf served by Ray (goalie interference), 14:41.
SHOTS ON GOAL
Buffalo 9 10 8 --27
Carolina 13 9 10 --32
Power-play Conversions: Buf - 0 of 2, Car - 1 of 3. Goalies: Buffalo, Hasek (32 shots, 31 saves; record: 12-9-5). Carolina, Irbe (27, 22; record: 29-27-9). A:15,395. Referees: Van Massenhoven, S Walkom. Linesmen: Driscoll, Schachte.
CAROLINA HURRICANES 1, BUFFALO SABRES 5
MARCH 27, 2000
CAROLINA HEAD COACH PAUL MAURICE:
On the game:
“Through two periods the game was played the way we wanted it to be played. It was very tight. The difference was three turnovers that we didn’t need to make obviously. The one at 2-1 was very critical. That one hurt us. Opportunity-wise we generated what we wanted to generate.
On the chances:
“Four posts tonight, and there was the game. Bates (Battaglia) had one at 0-0. I think Wes (defenseman Glen Wesley) had one at 0-0. Jeff O’Neill had one at 2-1. Ronnie (Francis) had one at 3-1. Those are the changes and fortunes of a playoff game. It’s very tight out there. I thought we were chasing their tail and that’s what ended up happening. We were down so much that we were just going, going, going. At that time it’s no longer a scripted game, it’s push everything forward, try to get to the net. If you don’t, you’re guys are tired and that’s basically what happened.”
BUFFALO SABRES HEAD COACH LINDY RUFF:
On the game:
“We got scored against and we fired right back within a minute or two and just answered the bell. That was probably the turning point of the hockey game. Coming right back and not giving them any momentum after they scored.”
On Carolina hitting posts:
“You gotta have some breaks. We were lucky in that sense. I think we hit one. Dom only covers the inside of the post, he doesn’t cover the outsides. ”
“I don’t think we can say too much about how Dougie provides offense. Ever since he got here our offense has gone up dramatically. He’s a great playmaker. He isn’t even feeling that well and he’s playing extremely well for us, so we’re going to try to keep him under the weather.”