After what felt like a thousand chances, the Carolina Hurricanes scored three goals in seven minutes to defeat the Buffalo Sabres, 4-2, tonight in Raleigh.
After a controversial penalty shot call on Jiri Tlusty, the Sabres’ Tyler Ennis was rewarded a penalty shot. The forward put on a slight deke then shot high left side on Cam Ward to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead.
Three minutes later Jeff Skinner tied it after making a slick move on Christain Ehrhoff in the corner then snapped a shot that squeaked through Michael Neuvrith that the goalie really should have had.
The next goal didn’t come until the third period when Drew Stafford knocked in a ricocheted puck after Cory Conacher tried passing the puck from behind the net into the slot. The puck hit off Ryan Murphy‘s skate and directed toward Stafford.
Less than two minutes later, Semin found Jiri Tlusty in the slot, who snapped a shot past Neuvrith’s glove to score the game-winning goal.
With 0.4 seconds left, Nathan Gerbe scored on the empty net to insure the Hurricanes’ win.
This is exactly the type of game a playoff team wins. Things were going well, but the Hurricanes couldn’t score, but instead of giving up, they stuck with it and we’re able to get two past the goalie to earn the win.
After the Sabres’ second goal, I thought things were done for, but the team continued to work and it paid off.
It’s a shame that this didn’t happen too often earlier in the year, but a win’s a win and this one felt good.
Jeff Skinner had a great game. He scored his 26th of the season in the first period, and while he didn’t add another, he was the best forward for the Canes.
Radek Dvorak, playing in his first game since March 1, looked good. He was all over the ice and created some scoring chances. Manny Malhotra may have been an unpopular scratch, but Dvorak played strong enough to stay in the lineup.
Despite missing Justin Faulk yet again, the defense looked fine without him and John-Michael Liles. Ryan Murphy continues to improve since rejoining the team as his offensive presence continues to show.
The Hurricanes also scored on the powerplay, which is always a surprise. However, it was their fifth of the game and if they had not scored then, the team probably wouldn’t have its 29th win of the season.
Cam Ward played another solid game, but wasn’t tested that often. He made the saves he needed to make and kept the team in this one.
The Carolina Hurricanes play the Boston Bruins next on Saturday at 1 p.m.