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REVIEW: HURRICANES 5, BUFFALO 3

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Ron Francis had a goal and two assists asthe Carolina Hurricanes beat the surging Buffalo Sabres with a 5-3victory Friday night.

Francis' second three-point game of the season gave him 1,582points and moved the center within nine of passing Phil Espositofor fifth place on the NHL career list.

Jeff O'Neill, recently switched to the top line with Francis,had his first three-point game of the season with a goal and twoassists as the Hurricanes moved to .500 (12-12-4-1) for the thirdtime since starting 3-8-3.

Carolina was coming off lackluster games at Calgary andMinnesota, but was able to knock off the Sabres, who had won fourof five.

Francis and O'Neill did in the Sabres in a 49-second span at theend of the second and beginning of the third periods.

Francis fed O'Neill for a power-play goal 10 seconds before theend of the second, then poked in his sixth goal 39 seconds into thefinal period to chase Buffalo goalie Dominik Hasek.

Rod Brind'Amour's goal 5:19 into the third added insurance forthe Hurricanes, who moved to 9-0-1 when leading after two periods.

Dmitri Kalinin's power-play goal with 5:58 left closed out thescoring for the Sabres.

Buffalo took a 2-1 lead on a goal 1:33 into the second byMiroslav Satan, but Martin Gelinas and O'Neill scored over thefinal 8 1/2 minutes to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 lead heading into thethird.

O'Neill's go-ahead goal came 12 seconds into an interferencepenalty against Vaclav Varada.

Carolina has the second-best home penalty-killing unit in theleague, but Buffalo scored 26 seconds into a Sami Kapanen kneeingminor in the first period as James Patrick got his second of theseason from in close.

Three minutes later, Kapanen tied it at 1-1 with histeam-leading ninth goal on a shot from the right circle that Hasekappeared to be screened on.

Notes: Doug Gilmour missed his 10th straight game with anabdominal problem. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff expected Gilmour to playSaturday night at home against Florida. ... Patrick's goal broke astreak of five straight Buffalo goals by Jean-Pierre Dumont. Thefranchise record is six in a row. ... Satan's eighth goal extendedhis point streak to seven straight games. ... Dumont has eightpoints over his last four games. ... Francis has 102 points in 112games against the Sabres _ his fourth highest against any team.

 1st2nd3rdTOTAL
Buffalo1113
Carolina1225

First Period: Scoring: 1, Buffalo, Patrick 2 (power play) (Dumont,Zhitnik), 11:50. 2, Carolina, Kapanen 9 (Oneill, Francis), 15:00.Penalties: Afinogenov, Buf (hooking), 2:20; Tanabe, Car (slashing), 6:44;Kapanen, Car (tripping), 11:24.
Second Period: Scoring: 3, Buffalo, Satan 8 (Dumont, S Barnes), 1:33.4, Carolina, Gelinas 8 (Vasicek), 11:34. 5, Carolina, Oneill 9 (powerplay) (Francis, Kapanen), 19:50. Penalties: Brindamour, Car (tripping),6:25; Mckee, Buf (interference), 13:12; G Wesley, Car (holding stick),15:28; Ozolinsh, Car (tripping), 17:17; Varada, Buf (interference), 19:37.
Third Period: Scoring: 6, Carolina, Francis 6 (Oneill, Kapanen), 0:39.7, Carolina, Brindamour 4 (Battaglia), 5:19. 8, Buffalo, Kalinin 2 (powerplay) (Satan, Zhitnik), 14:02. Penalties: Ozolinsh, Car (slashing), 1:29;Karpa, Car (hooking), 6:11; Karpa, Car (hooking), 13:54.

SHOTS ON GOAL

Buffalo9118--28
Carolina

13
6
6
--25

Power-play Conversions: Buf - 2 of 8, Car - 1 of 3. Goalies: Buffalo,Hasek (20 shots, 16 saves; record: 12-10-2), Biron (0:39 of 3rd period, 5,4). Carolina, Irbe (28, 25; record: 11-9-4). A:18,730. Referees:Pollock, Stewart. Linesmen: Nowak, Racicot.

NDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS

BuffaloCarolina
GA+/-ShotsGA+/-Shots
Afinogenov
Andreychuk
Brown
C Gratton
Dumont
Hamel
Kalinin
Mckee
Patrick
Rasmussen
Ray
S Barnes
Satan
Smehlik
Tsyplakov
Varada
Warrener
Zhitnik
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
2
even
even
-2
even
-1
-1
-3
+1
even
-2
even
-1
-1
-2
even
-1
+1
-3
4
2
1
1
3
0
2
0
4
0
0
3
2
0
1
2
0
3
Adams
Battaglia
Brindamour
Dimaio
Francis
G Wesley
Gelinas
Halko
Hatcher
Kapanen
Karpa
Langdon
Oneill
Ozolinsh
T Westlund
Tanabe
Vasicek
Willis
0
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
2
0
0
0
1
0
even
+1
+1
even
+2
+2
even
even
+3
+2
even
even
+2
+1
even
even
even
+1
0
1
1
2
3
2
2
0
4
1
0
0
3
1
0
1
2
2

POST GAME QUOTES

Buffalo Coach Lindy Ruff:

On the game:
“Taking a penalty late in the second gave them a little momentum. We definitely beat ourselves. I think every goal they scored was a result of us just coughing the puck up and not under a lot of duress. A lot of them were just clear-cut turnovers. Brown’s turnover, Smehlik’s turnover, Dom turned it over on the power-play shooting it around the boards. I don’t mind getting beat if you get outworked and outplayed. We spent a good deal of time in their end, we made stupid mistakes. ”

On change of momentum:
“They scored on their last three chances they had in the hockey game. Those were the only chances they got and they scored on all three of them. You make those mistakes, you get scored against and it’s tough to come back.”

Carolina Coach Paul Maurice:

On the game:
“We had some great chances in that first period, and he (Dominik Hasek) made some great saves. I’m not sure it’s necessarily a reflection of how he was playing. One of the things you’re seeing around the League is that a lot of teams are running their number one guy real hard. If it gets to the point that they’re playing tomorrow night, and they want to come back with him and they don’t feel that they’re in a great position to win the game, they put the other guy in and rest their number one guy. You’re seeing that more and more I think. ”

On the crowd:
“We’ve played well our last three home games. I thought our best home game in a long time was the two-to-nothing loss to Ottawa. We played well, and I think that we still made some mistakes but we’ve got some young guys learning. It’s great to come home after a long stretch of that road. It’s our only home game, we got a great crowd, and it was important that we won that game tonight.”

On changing O’Neill to Francis’ line:
“We felt that we starting to face more and more teams that are playing very strong defense. We were going to hit these guys, and then we play Minnesota, that means we’re going to have to dump the puck more. With Willis and Kapanen, they didn’t lead the forechecking particularly well. We had three guys, Brind’Amour, Battaglia and O’Neill were forechecking very well. I know Jeff’s been really physical for the last six or seven weeks. We needed to try to even out. Put a little muscle on each line and Jeff’s played very well. That line was great for us tonight, aside from the goals, they were just outstanding defensively.”

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