FINAL: Hurricanes 3, Sabres 4
Wednesday, 05.24.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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0-1 (14:07): Cory Stillman's across-ice feed intended for Mike Commodore at the right post deflected of Jay McKee's skate into the net. The unassisted goal is Stillman's fifth of the playoffs.
1-1 (19:30): With just 29.3 seconds remaining in the first, Chris Drury redirected Ales Kotalik's wristshot from the right point shortside on Cam Ward for his eighth goal of the playoffs. Kotalik and Derek Roy get the helpers.
2-1 (1:02): After several quick passes by the Sabres with the man advantage, Daniel Briere converted on Jochen Hecht's rebound in front to give Buffalo its first lead of the game. The goal is Briere's sixth of the postseason. Hecht and JP Dumont get the helpers. The tally marks the first time since the third period of Game One that Buffalo has led.
3-1 (8:28): A quick feed from JP Dumont along the boards sprung Daniel Briere on a breakaway where the center snapped a wristshot high glove for his second of the night and seventh of the postseason. Assists go to Dumont and Jay McKee.
4-1 (12:55): A a monsterous hit by Toni Lydman on Mike Commodore forced a turnover by Carolina in their own zone, which was collected by Maxim Afinogenov. The forward found Ales Kotalik in the slot for the one-timer and Kotalik's third of the playoffs. Afinogenov and Lydman get the helpers. Cam Ward is replaced by Martin Gerber in Carolina's net.
4-2 (18:18): Cory Stillman chipped Aaron Ward's rebound over a downed Ryan Miller on a three-on-two rush for his and Carolina's second goal of the night. The goal is Stillman's six of the postseason. Ward and Justin Williams get the helpers.
4-3 (15:52): Eric Staal one-timed Doug Weight's rebound into a wide-open net to bring Carolina within a goal. Miller made the save on Weight's shot but allowed a rebound to the right wing. Frantisek Kaberle received the secondary assist.
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With their Eastern Conference Final series now even at one game each, Buffalo and Carolina faceoff in Game 3 tonight at HSBC Arena ... Carolina took Game 2 by a score of 4-3 on the strength of a pair of goals from Ray Whitney ... The loss snapped Buffalo's franchise-record five-game postseason road winning streak.
ROSTERS & STATISTICS
Game 4 will be played Friday in Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. ... Chris Drury (7+8) and Daniel Briere (5+10) lead Buffalo in scoring with 15 points in 13 games ... Henrik Tallinder and Toni Lydman are tied for the NHL plus/minus lead at +14 ... Jason Pominville leads all NHL rookies in points (10) and goals (5) ... Jay McKee leads both teams with 11 blocked shots in the first two games of the series.
Sabres defenseman Doug Janik made his NHL playoff debut in Game 2, replacing the injured Teppo Numminen ... Eric Staal tops Carolina with 17 points (5+12), and has now scored points in 12 straight games ... This is the longest streak since Pavel Bure had points in 16 straight with Vancouver in 1994 ... Former New York Islander Bryan Trottier set the record of 18 straight games in 1981 ... The Sabres are 13-for-75 (17.3%) on the power play, while Carolina is 17-for-63 (27%).
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL (Series tied 1-1)
Buffalo 3 @ Carolina 4 (May 22) - Ray Whitney scored twice, and Eric Staal extended his point streak to 12 games as Carolina evened up the Eastern Conference Finals at one game each with a 4-3 win in Raleigh. Thomas Vanek, Chris Drury and Derek Roy scored for the Sabres, who finished the game 3-for-7 with the man advantage. Ryan Miller made 31 saves for Buffalo, while Cam Ward stopped 16 Sabres shots. MORE
Buffalo 3 @ Carolina 2 (May 20) - Jay McKee fired a wrist shot past Cam Ward at 13:40 of the third period that turned out to be the game winner as Buffalo beat Carolina 3-2 in the opening game of the Eastern Conference final. Mike Commodore closed the Hurricanes to within one goal late in the third, but Ryan Miller made 16 of his 29 saves in the final period to preserve the Buffalo win. Henrik Tallinder and Daniel Briere also scored for Buffalo, while Jochen Hecht and Jason Pominville each chipped in a pair of assists. Rod Brind'Amour scored Carolina's other goal. MORE
Adam Mair (post-concussion), Tim Connolly (upper body, day-to-day), Dmitri Kalinin (broken ankle, week-to-week), Teppo Numminen (lower body, day-to-day)
DRURY AND BRIERE LEAD THE WAY
Sabres co-captains Chris Drury (7+8) and Daniel Briere (5+10) are tied for the team lead in scoring with 15 points in 13 games. Drury is tied for the league lead in PP goals with four, while Briere's 10 helpers leave him two back of Eric Staal for the assist lead. Drury's 15 points are also one shy of the career-best 16 he scored in the posteason with Colorado during their Stanley Cup championship season in 2001.
As was the case in the regular season, Drury is also among the leaders in faceoffs. Drury's 162 wins and 305 total faceoffs place him third overall in both categories. Carolina's Rod Brind'Amour leads both with 200 and 344 respectively.
The Sabres went 3-for-7 on the power play in Game 2, matching their most productive power play outing of this year's playoffs. Buffalo went 3-for-12 in their 8-2 win over Philadelphia in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal on April 24.
Buffalo's last seven games have all been one-goal decisions, including all five games of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series against Ottawa. That tied the Sabres all-time record for most one-goal games in a playoff series, set in 1992 when Buffalo lost to Boston 4-3 in the division seminfals. Five of the seven games in that series were one-goal decisions. Buffalo was 23-9-6 in one-goal games this season, while Carolina was 28-5-8.
POMINVILLE FILLS THE NET
Sabres rookie Jason Pominville leads all NHL rookies in points (10) and goals (5) this postseason. The 23-year-old Pominville, who cleared waivers on October 4, has now scored 42 goals in 88 games this season: 5 in the playoffs; 18 in 57 regular season games; and 19 goals in 18 games with Rochester (AHL). Pominville was the AHL's leading goal scorer at the time of his recall on November 26, and that included a five-goal outing against Cleveland on October 21.
JAY McKEE: THE SHOT BLOCKING MACHINE
Jay McKee, the NHL regular season leader with 241 blocked shots, leads Buffalo with 45 postseason blocked shots. Entering play on Tuesday night, McKee was tied with Edmonton's Chris Pronger for the NHL lead despite playing one fewer game. There are six Sabres among the top 30 shot blockers in the playoffs: McKee (45), Lydman (33), Tallinder (22), Numminen (21), Drury (19) and Kalinin (17).
Buffalo has now blocked 235 shots in the playoffs, an average of 18.1 per game. Saturday's 29 blocks was Buffalo's best this postseason. They have also posted two games of 19 blocks, while the Hurricanes have blocked 23 shots on three different occasions.
A PLUS ON D FOR BUFFALO
Sabres blueliners Henrik Tallinder and Toni Lydman are tied for the NHL lead in plus/minus at +14 each. Both players were a +6 in the Sabres 7-1 Game 6 series-clinching win in Philadelphia. This was the highest single-game playoff plus/minus rating since Theo Fleury was a +6 in Calgary's 9-2 win at San Jose on May 11, 1995.