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'Character win' for Hurricanes over Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Jeff Skinner, last season's rookie of the year, scored a power-play goal with 1:24 left and Cam Ward made 39 saves to lead the Hurricanes to a 4-3 win over the Sabres on Friday.

Brandon Sutter and Tim Brent each scored shorthanded goals for Carolina, which has won two straight since starting 0-2-1.

Skinner's goal came 57 seconds after Drew Stafford tied it at 3.

"It was a big win for us, a character win is the best way to describe it," Skinner said.

The Sabres played their first home game since opening with two wins in Europe last weekend.

"We gave up some beauties," coach Lindy Ruff said. "And all those beauties were given up because of plays we didn't need to make. … We burned ourselves."

Blues: Center Andy McDonald, who missed 24 games with a concussion last season, was being evaluated for another one after being hit in the head by the Stars' Vernon Fiddler on Thursday.

Capitals: Center Jay Beagle, helped off after being knocked to the ice in a fight with the Penguins' Arron Asham on Thursday, was fine "other than a fat lip" and was day-to-day, coach Bruce Boudreau said. Beagle was not allowed to return to the game under the league's concussion protocol, which prompted center Brooks Laich to say he is tired of such precautions and players are "being babysat a little too much." Laich, the team's player representative, said, "We accept that there's going to be dangers when we play this game."

Devils: Goalie Martin Brodeur (shoulder) was uncertain for tonight at Nashville.

Islanders: Goalie Rick Di­Pietro is out with a concussion again. He was struck in the mask by a puck on a shot by teammate Brian Rolston at practice Wednesday and had tests Thursday. Di­Pietro, 30, has played a total of 39 games the past three seasons because of injuries. He is in the sixth season of a 15-year, $67.5 million contract.

Hurricanes 2 1 1 4
Sabres 2 0 1 3

First Period1, Buffalo, Vanek 3 (Leopold), 6:58. 2, Carolina, Harrison 1 (McBain), 8:20. 3, Buffalo, D.Roy 1 (Stafford, Ehrhoff), 10:01. 4, Carolina, Bra.Sutter 1, 19:48 (sh). PenaltiesPominville, Buf (hooking), 2:50; Harrison, Car (tripping), 5:07; Myers, Buf (tripping), 6:20; Allen, Car (interference), 18:59.

Second Period5, Carolina, Brent 1 (Tlusty), 6:59 (sh). PenaltiesMcCormick, Buf (unsportsmanlike conduct), 3:10; LaRose, Car (high-sticking), 5:49; Ruutu, Car (slashing), 7:59; Gerbe, Buf (slashing), 7:59; Gleason, Car, major (fighting), 10:37; Gaustad, Buf, major (fighting), 10:37; Buffalo bench, served by Gerbe (too many men), 13:47; Ponikarovsky, Car (slashing), 17:58.

Third Period6, Buffalo, Stafford 2 (Myers, Sekera), 17:39. 7, Carolina, Skinner 2 (Jokinen, Pitkanen), 18:36 (pp). PenaltiesSkinner, Car (tripping), 7:31; Carolina bench, served by Stewart (too many men), 10:20; Vanek, Buf (tripping), 18:00; Ehrhoff, Buf (tripping), 19:28. Shots on GoalCarolina 13-12-9—34. Buffalo 13-18-11—42. Power-play opportunitiesCarolina 1 of 6; Buffalo 0 of 7. GoaliesCarolina, Ward 2-2-0 (42 shots-39 saves). Buffalo, Miller 2-1-0 (34-30). A18,690 (18,690).

'Character win' for Hurricanes over Sabres 10/14/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 15, 2011 12:08am]
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