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THE AFTERMATH: SABRES 3, 'CANES 1

Monday, 09.19.2011 / 4:52 PM / THE AFTERMATH
By Kevin Snow  - Sabres.com
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THE AFTERMATH: SABRES 3, \'CANES 1

THREE STARS OF THE NIGHT
Gaustad
Gerbe
Enroth
STATS STATS STATS

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Nathan Gerbe scored 4:09 into the third period to break a tie, and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 in the preseason opener for both teams.

Gerbe, who added two assists, scored on a tip-in from the slot, where he converted a lead pass from Paul Gaustad. Gaustad scored in the opening minute of the third period to tie it. He put in a one-timer after Patrick Kaleta fed him from behind the net. Kaleta, who also had a goal and two assists, added an empty-net goal.

Brandon Sutter scored 23 seconds into the second period, giving Carolina a 1-0 lead on a backhander from the slot. Brian Boucher stopped all 14 shots he faced in two periods. Justin Peters played the third and allowed both Buffalo goals. ...more.

Jhonas Enroth came in at the 9:03 mark of the second period, and was tested by Carolina with eight shots in the final 10:57. His best save of the night came late in the period as the Hurricanes buzzed the Sabres zone. Enroth was caught out of position as the puck was sent through the slot to defenseman Jamie McBain who was staring at a yawning cage. But Enroth was somehow able to recover and slid through the crease to deny McBain’s scoring chance along with ensuing rebound.

Kaleta

Patrick Kaleta: The pride of Angola, NY, was a buzzsaw all night long, and showed a rare offensive outburst with a goal and two assists. With the Sabres down 1-0 early in the third, Kaleta outhustled Ryan Murphy on the dump in, then scooped up the puck and went tape-to-tape with Paul Gaustad to get the Sabres on the board. On Nathan Gerbe’s goal that gave the Sabres a 2-1 lead, Kaleta picked up the second assist when he made a nifty drop pass to Gaustad who set up Gerbe with the deft cross-ice feed. Kaleta capped off his night with an empty net goal with just one second left in the game.

- Paul Gaustad talks about the competition for jobs in camp: “We have a great attitude in here about the team, but it comes down to competing and that’s a good thing. So if they’re going to push me, I’m going to push them back.”

Whether it’s working with them on the PK, or just as a line, as a group, we want to know where each other are on the ice … basically become brothers. - Patrick Kaleta discussing the chemistry with his linemates Gerbe and Gaustad

- Buffalo now has a 4-4-1 record in nine preseason meetings against the Hurricanes/Whalers franchise.

- The Sabres are now 135-146-48 all-time in the preseason, and 22-10-2 since the start of 2005-06.

- This was the first preseason game between these two teams since September 27, 1997.

- Gaustad was designated as Buffalo’s captain tonight.

- Drew MacIntyre started in goal for the Sabres, and played 29:03. He was 24-11-3 for Hamilton/Chicago last season in AHL. His last NHL regular season action was 33:48 of action vs. Dallas on January 29, 2008.

Buffalo continues their busy week when they travel to Montreal on Wednesday to face the Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m. This will also be the second preseason game for Montreal, as they begin a run of six games in seven nights against Dallas on Tuesday.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82