Hurricanes 3, Sabres 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Trevor Kidd made 36 saves Saturday night to help the Carolina Hurricanes edge Buffalo 3-2 and snap the Sabres’ eight-game unbeaten streak.
Ron Francis, Keith Primeau and Kevin Dineen each scored for Carolina, which is 7-2-2 since Thanksgiving and now seven points ahead of Florida in the Southeast Division.
Miroslav Satan and Curtis Brown scored for Buffalo.
In losing for the first time in 11 home games, the Sabres were victimized for more than two goals at home for the first time since Boston won 5-4 on April 3.
Kidd faced pressure early, stopping 11 shots in the game’s first 10 minutes and keeping the Sabres off the board until midway through the third period, by which time the Hurricanes had a three-goal lead.
Francis put Carolina up 1-0 with a power-play goal 2:06 into the second period. After Glen Wesley fired a shot from the point, Francis pounced on the rebound and tucked it under the glove of a stretched Dominik Hasek for his sixth of the season.
Later that period, Primeau gave the Hurricanes a 2-0 advantage with 2:21 to go. Ray Sheppard tried a wraparound on Hasek, and Primeau slapped in the rebound for his 16th goal.
Just over six minutes into the third period, Dineen netted his fifth goal on a slap shot from the right faceoff circle, putting Carolina up 3-0.
Thirty seconds later, Satan spoiled Kidd’s shutout bid with his seventh goal of the season. Michal Grosek cleared the puck from the corner to the slot, where Satan fired a shot through Kidd’s legs.
Brown narrowed the lead to 3-2 with 1:38 remaining. He scored his ninth goal by tipping in Richard Smehlik’s slap shot from the point.