Hurricanes sweep home-and-home set from Sabres

Kevin Snow  - (@kwsnow) | Friday, 01.25.2013 / 10:44 PM

Carolina 3 – Buffalo 1
Friday, January 25, 2013
First Niagara Center

BUFFALO, NY – Jay Harrison’s point shot with 4:50 left in the third period was the game winner as the Carolina Hurricanes capped off a home-and-home sweep of the Buffalo Sabres with a 3-1 win on Friday at First Niagara Center. Eric Staal won a faceoff to the left of Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, and Harrison floated a seeing-eye wrist shot through a crowd for his first of the season. Thomas Vanek broke a scoreless tie at 1:56 of the third period by bullying his way to the front of the Hurricanes net to collect his third goal of the season and team-leading ninth point. But Alexander Semin and Jeff Skinner would also score for Carolina, who have now won two straight after starting the season 0-2. Ryan Miller turned aside 39 Hurricanes’ shots in his first loss of the season, and the Sabres evened their record at 2-2 through four games.

Concludes Buffalo’s second of nine sets of back-to-back games; 1-1 in first game; 1-1 in second game; they have swept one series, and been swept in the other… The loss was Buffalo’s first at home since a 5-3 setback on March 30 of last season against Pittsburgh… Buffalo struggled yet again in the faceoff circle, winning just 23 of 65 (35%) draws on the night... Sabres are 0-2-0 when tied after one, and 1-1-0 when tied after two… The Sabres are now 96-65-24 all-time against Carolina in 185 games; 54-30-8 at home… Buffalo is 14-8-4 against Carolina since their 2006 Eastern Conference Finals series… Vanek leads all Sabres with 29 points (12+17) in 28 career games against Carolina.

Points: Vanek (3-6-9/4 gms), Pominville (3-5-8/4 gms), Ehrhoff (0-3-3/3 gms)
Assists: Ehrhoff (0-3-3/3 gms)

Time on Ice: Andrej Sekera, 22:18
Shots: Cody Hodgson/Thomas Vanek, 6
Blocked Shots: Sekera, 2
Faceoff Wins: Hodgson, 10
Total Faceoffs: Hodgson, 21
Hits: Robyn Regehr, 5

Thomas Vanek
’s goal early in the third period snapped an 0-for-12 run on the power play, and the Sabres finished the night converting on one of four opportunities. They are now 4/19 (21.1%) on the season, and are among the leaders in total power play time at 31:12 in four games. Carolina scored a pair of power play goals on five chances, including Jeff Skinner’s empty netter at 19:34, dropping Buffalo’s overall PK to 80% (16/20).

In the quietest of his four games so far, rookie Mikhail Grigorenko had just 6:48 of ice time – with all seven of his shifts coming in the first two periods. Grigorenko played 4:54 on five shifts in the first, followed by 1:54 on two shifts in the second. He was able to show off his playmaking skills very early in the contest, feathering a perfect saucer pass to a streaking Andrej Sekera during a four-on-four situation, but the Sabres defenseman was unable to convert the glorious scoring opportunity.

Thomas Vanek
missed part of the second period with what head coach Lindy Ruff said was a muscle strain... Defensemen TJ Brennan and Mike Weber were healthy scratches for the third game in a row, along with forward Matt Ellis.

* Sunday @ Washington, 3 p.m.
* Tuesday vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.
* Thursday @ Boston, 7 p.m.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
3rd Period
01:56BUF PPG - Thomas Vanek (3) ASST: Jason Pominville (5), Christian Ehrhoff (3) 1 - 0 BUF
03:31CAR PPG - Alexander Semin (1) ASST: Jordan Staal (4) 1 - 1 Tie
15:10CAR Jay Harrison (1) ASST: Eric Staal (1) 2 - 1 CAR
19:34CAR PPG - EN - Jeff Skinner (4) ASST: Tim Gleason (1), Jay Harrison (1) 3 - 1 CAR
Three Stars of the Game
Jay Harrison
Jay Harrison
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 22:24
Dan Ellis
Dan Ellis
SA: 41TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 30-30
PIM: 0PP: 8-9
SV%: .976SH: 2-2
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
SA: 41TOI: 59:42
GA: 2EV: 33-34
PIM: 0PP: 6-7
SV%: .951SH: 0-0
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:56BUF Jordan Leopold  Interference against  Jeff Skinner
01:34CAR Jordan Staal  Interference against  Jason Pominville
10:27BUF Steve Ott  Fighting (maj) against  Tim Gleason
10:27CAR Tim Gleason  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Ott
10:27CAR Tim Gleason  Instigator against  Steve Ott
10:27CAR Tim Gleason  Misconduct (10 min)
10:27BUF Steve Ott  Elbowing against  Justin Faulk
16:32BUF Thomas Vanek  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Justin Faulk
16:32BUF Thomas Vanek  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Justin Faulk
17:01CAR Jeff Skinner  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Patrick Kaleta
2nd Period
03:45CAR Joni Pitkanen  Interference against  Patrick Kaleta
14:47CAR Jordan Staal  Holding against  Marcus Foligno
3rd Period
01:37CAR Jordan Staal  Tripping against  Drew Stafford
02:50BUF Marcus Foligno  Hi-sticking against  Jiri Tlusty
17:51BUF Thomas Vanek  Cross checking against  Tim Gleason
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/51/4
Faceoff Wins4223
Blocked Shots74
Penalty Minutes2717
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6T. GleasonD01101716:25
8K. WestgarthR000103:05
11J. StaalC0105620:28
12E. StaalC0113022:09
19J. TlustyL0015017:57
21D. BowmanL0002012:27
22Z. DalpeC0001014:06
25J. PitkanenD0004229:30
27J. FaulkD0001011:51
28A. SeminR1016020:15
36J. JokinenL0000011:54
37T. BrentC000009:34
39P. DwyerR0002010:11
44J. HarrisonD1113022:24
53J. SkinnerL1007220:41
59C. LaRoseR0001011:33
77J. CorvoD0001013:29
31D. Ellis4041.97660:00
3J. LeopoldD00-11219:26
9S. OttC0005713:39
10C. EhrhoffD0101020:40
19C. HodgsonC0006020:21
21D. StaffordR0001017:46
24R. RegehrD0000017:45
25M. GrigorenkoC000006:48
26T. VanekL10-16617:55
29J. PominvilleR01-14020:57
32J. ScottL000103:21
36P. KaletaR0003015:35
42N. GerbeC000107:14
44A. SekeraD00-13022:18
52A. SulzerD0000015:37
55J. HechtC0003018:26
57T. MyersD0001020:59
63T. EnnisC00-13017:14
82M. FolignoL0002215:53
30R. Miller3941.95159:42