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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Buffalo Sabres (Game 2)

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes


Carolina Hurricanes vs. Buffalo Sabres

Game 2, Eastern Conference Finals Series “M”
Monday, May 22, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC

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Monday's Game

The Carolina Hurricanes and the Buffalo Sabres play Game 2 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals series on Monday at the RBC Center (7:30 p.m., OLN, Hurricanes Radio Network). Buffalo took Game 1 of the series by a 3-2 score on Saturday at the RBC Center. The Hurricanes advanced to the Conference Finals by virtue of a 4-1 series win against the New Jersey Devils in the semifinal round. Buffalo defeated Ottawa in five games to advance to the third round.

The Hurricanes will practice at the RBC Center at noon on Tuesday prior to traveling to Buffalo in advance of Wednesday’s Game 3 (7:30 p.m., OLN, Hurricanes Radio Network).

Television: OLN
Radio: Hurricanes Radio Network – WWMY 102.9 FM (Raleigh – flagship), WYSR 1590 AM (High Point), WMFD 630 AM (Wilmington)
Internet: www.carolinahurricanes.com

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • Center Eric Staal has earned points and in 11 straight games (4/24-5/20: 5g, 11a)
  • Captain Rod Brind’Amour has earned points in each of the last two games (5/14-5/20: 1g, 1a)
  • Left wing Cory Stillman has earned points in each of the last two games (5/14-5/20: 1g, 1a)

Injury Report

  • Left wing Erik Cole, no timetable, fractured vertebra, missed last 21 games of the regular season and 12 playoff games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule

May 22, RBC Center, 10:30 a.m.
May 23, RBC Center, 12:00 p.m.
May 24, HSBC Arena, 11:30 a.m.
May 25, TBD
May 26, HSBC Arena, 11:30 a.m.
May 27, RBC Center, 12:00 p.m.
May 28, RBC Center, 10:30 a.m.

*All times are local… Times and locations subject to change

Carolina Notes

With an assist on Mike Commodore’s shorthanded goal in Game 1 against Buffalo, Hurricanes center Eric Staal extended his postseason points streak to 11 games (4/24-5/20: 5g, 11a). Staal’s streak is the longest postseason points streak since Jaromir Jagr’s 11-game streak in 1996 (4/17-5/11: 10g, 8a). Pavel Bure was the last player to have a postseason points streak of more than 11 games. Bure recorded a 16-game postseason points streak in 1994 (4/22-5/31: 13g, 10a) during Vancouver’s 24-game run to the Stanley Cup Finals. Bryan Trottier holds the NHL record for longest points streak in one playoff year when he recorded 11 goals and 18 assists (29 points) in 18 consecutive games with the New York Islanders in 1981.

Against the Sabres

The Hurricanes and the Sabres met four times during the 2005-06 regular season, with Carolina posting a 3-1-0 record in the four-game set. Buffalo’s lone win came in the final game of the season, a 4-0 shutout at the RBC Center on April 18. Carolina took the teams’ first meeting on Nov. 9 at HSBC Arena by a 5-3 margin, and scored a 4-3 shootout win in Raleigh on Feb. 12, the final game before the Olympic break. Carolina also scored a 4-3 win on March 22 at Buffalo. Cory Stillman (1g, 4a) led all Hurricanes in scoring against Buffalo in the regular season posting five points. J-P Dumont, Thomas Vanek and Maxim Afinogenov each posted four points to lead the Sabres in scoring. Martin Gerber played all four games against the Sabres, posting a 3-1-0 record, a 3.19 goals-against average and an .896 save percentage in the four games. Ryan Miller played two games for Buffalo against Carolina, going 0-1-0 with a 3.38 goals-against average and an .879 save percentage. Martin Biron posted a 1-1-1 record against Carolina in 2005-06, with a 2.01 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage. For a detailed breakdown of the 2005-06 series between the teams, please go to page 96 in the 2006 Carolina Hurricanes Playoff Guide.

This marks the first ever playoff series between the Carolina franchise and Buffalo.

May 20, 2006
Buffalo 3, Hurricanes 2

Henrik Tallinder notched his second goal of the playoffs 2:56 into the game before Rod Brind’Amour evened the scored 1-1 less than 10 minutes later as the Hurricanes and the Sabres got acquainted in the first game of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals series. The game remained tied 1-1 until Daniel Briere sneaked a backhander into the Carolina net 9:41 into the second frame. The Sabres carried a 2-1 lead into the third period until Jay McKee scored eight seconds after being released from the penalty box to give Buffalo a two goal lead. Mike Commodore scored his first NHL playoff goal with 2:53 remaining in the third period during a Sabres power play to make the score 3-2 and giving Carolina its first shorthanded goal of the postseason. Eric Staal earned the second assist on Commodore’s goal to extend his points streak to 11 games. Cam Ward took his second loss in nine playoff starts, stopping 24 of 27 Buffalo shots. Ryan Miller earned the win for the Sabres, stopping 29 of 31 shots he faced.

PLAYOFF STATISTICS

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
12
5
11
16
17 Brind'Amour
12
7
5
12
61 Stillman
12
4
6
10

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
29 Gerber
3
5.26
0-1
.800
30 Ward
11
1.89
8-3
.926


Sabres
GP
G
A
PTS
48 Briere
12
5
9
14
23 Drury
12
6
7
13
19 Connolly
8
5
6
11

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
30 Miller
12
2.23
9-3
.922
43 Biron
0
0.00
0-0
0
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