BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tyler Ennis scored his 20th goal and the Buffalo Sabres avoided clinching a last-place overall finish with a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.
Mikhail Grigorenko, Brian Gionta and Johan Larsson also scored for Buffalo, which entered the game a regulation loss away from guaranteeing the best odds at the first pick in June's NHL draft.
Anders Lindback made 49 saves.
Alexander Semin, Eric Staal and Patrick Dwyer scored for Carolina, which nearly erased a four-goal deficit in the defeat. Carolina out shot Buffalo in every period en route to a 52-25 advantage for the game.