The Carolina Hurricanes completed the home-and-home sweep of the Buffalo Sabres with a 3-1 win last night in Buffalo, New York at the First Niagra Center. The Buffalo Sabres scored the first goal of the game, but the Hurricanes responded with three unanswered goals in the third period. Backup goaltender Dan Ellis got his first start of the 2012-2013 season for the Carolina Hurricanes, and looked impressive with 40 saves on 41 shots to secure the victory. Ryan Miller took the loss for the Buffalo Sabres, letting in three goals on 42 shots faced.
The first two periods of actions saw both teams get open scoring chances both even-strength and on the powerplay, but the stellar goaltending of both Dan Ellis and Ryan Miller kept the game tied 0-0 through two periods. The Carolina Hurricanes took 14 shots in the first period ad 10 in the second period, while the Buffalo Sabres took 10 shots in the first period and a game-high 18 shots in the second period. Both starting goalies were playing strong atop their respective creases and limiting rebound control to keep the score tied at 0-0 going into the final period of play.
The Buffalo Sabres got the scoring started in the third period with a goal from forward Thomas Vanek, his third of the season, at the 1:56 mark of the third period. Vanek drove hard to the net and buried a powerful wrist shot over the shoulder of Dan Ellis; the goal came on the powerplay and was assisted by Jason Pominville and Christian Ehrhoff.
The Carolina Hurricanes would answer with a goal of their own a mere 1:25 as Alexander Semin stole the puck on an aggressive forecheck and beat Ryan Miller with a quick wrist shot under the crossbar. The goal was Semin's first of the season and first as a Carolina Hurricane.
Starting goaltender Dan Ellis did well to keep the score tied 1-1 until Jay Harrison buried a slap shot off an offensive-zone faceoff win by Captain Eric Staal and blasted a slapshot from the point past Ryan Miller. the goal was Harrison's first of the season and gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead. Forward Jeff Skinner would add an empty-net goal with 25.2 seconds remaining; Skinner took a lead pass from Jay Harrison and skated around a few Buffalo defenders before lifting a backhand shot into the net for his fourth goal of the season.
The win was the second in a row for he Hurricanes who take to the ice again Monday, January 28 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina against the Boston Bruins.
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