In their third jersey blacks, the Carolina Hurricanes were victorious over the 9th seed Buffalo Sabres. The nail-biting contest extended into overtime, but Jamie McBain claimed the win with his 5th goal of the season just 26 seconds into OT.
“Feels incredible,” McBain admitted after the game.
Canes 3-2 win over the Sabres gave them two points and ownership of the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. The previous 7th seat holders, the New York Rangers, lost Thursday night against Minnesota.
The first round was aggressively played by both teams. Bryan Allen played a strong, physical game. The addition of the defenseman was an obvious benefit to the Carolina team.
Although, the first period wasn’t without its share of turnovers. Allen had an early out of play penalty just 24 seconds into the first. Sabres were unable to convert on the advantage.
The Canes also failed to score an extra man goal as Nathan Gerbe sat for tripping. The power plays continued as Jeff Skinner went to the box for high sticking, which made it a brief 4-on-4.Chad LaRose joined the penalty club with interference.
The only close call was an attempt by Thomas Vanek on an empty net.
Despite Skinner’s defensive mistake, the rookie did win 5/7 face-offs in the first period.
Teams were scoreless entering the second.
Defender Steve Montador barely scored on a wide shot, his fifth of the season at 4:35 to grab the lead.
The Canes first goal was a whirlwind, who’s-on-third type chaos. Brandon Sutterjumped Jordan-style to grab a flying puck and attempted a shot as the puck hit the ice, but fell short. Jamie McBain was right there for the quick follow-up shot, but missed. ThenTlusty comes in to close the deal! Not sure how Ryan Miller missed all three attempts. Canes tie it 1-1.
Newly acquired Brad Boyes responded with his second goal with the Sabres to gain the lead, 2-1.
Less than two minutes later, Jeff Skinner intercepted Miller’s toss from behind the net. Chad LaRose accepted Skinner’s pass and shot the puck past a scrambling Miller to tie the game.
Carolina gave Buffalo two more opportunities at an extra-man goal, although McBain’s penalty for holding got a rise from coach Paul Maurice. Captain,Eric Staal, was responsible for the other power play with a tripping call.
Drew Stafford drew the only penalty by Buffalo in the third for slashing.
Both teams failed to score on the advantage, sending the contest into overtime at 2-2.
Half a minute into OT, Jamie McBain said, “Goodnight!” McBain scored his 5thgoal of the season with the help of traffic inducing Staal.
“It wasn’t an easy game to play,” confesses Paul Maurice.
“If he feels good, if he feels strong, he will play,” explains Maurice.
Well, I know I feel good. Big win in Caniac Country! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s preview in C-town.
Topics: Bryan Allen, Buffalo Sabres, Cam Ward, Canes, Carolina Hurricanes, Chad LaRose, Eastern Conference Standings, Eric Staal, Jamie McBain, Jeff Skinner, Jiri Tlusty, Nathan Gerbe, Paul Maurice, Ryan Miller, Tim Gleason