One Penalty Too Many: Sabres 3, Hurricanes 2 (OT)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 7: Cam Ward #30 of the Carolina Hurricanes looks back as he is beaten for the overtime game winning goal by Jason Pominville #29 of the Buffalo Sabres (not pictured) while both Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes and Thomas Vanek #26 of the Buffalo Sabres look on during their NHL game at First Niagara Center on March 7, 2012 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

The Carolina Hurricanes were called for seven penalties and the last one proved fatal as they dropped another overtime game while shorthanded, this time to the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2 (OT) on Wednesday night at First Niagara Center.

The Canes allowed an earlier powerplay goal just one minute into the second period but were able to kill two Jussi Jokinen penalties in the third. Bryan Allen was then called for hooking with less than a minute remaining in regulation. The penalty kill unit was able to kill it off until overtime, but stopping the ensuing 4-on-3 proved too much as Jason Pominville beat Cam Ward for the game winner.

The game ending shot seemed similar to how Steven Stamkos scored to finish things on Saturday night in Raleigh.

Former Sabre, Jaroslav Spacek, opened the scoring 2:47 into the game to give Carolina a 1-0 lead. But Buffalo opened the second period with a flurry and would score two goals within 40 seconds to take the lead.

Chad LaRose tied the game later in the second and the score remained tied the rest of the way until overtime.

The Canes had about 40 seconds of a 5-on-3 advantage midway through the third period, but could not convert.

Cam Ward was busy again in this game and made 39 saves on 42 shots on goal. The Canes only managed 24 shots for the game, but of course they were killing penalties for much of this one.

Next up will be the Lightning again this Saturday night.

Game Notes:

  • The Canes were outskated in the second and third periods and were outshot 32 to 15. LaRose led the team with five shots on goal. The Sabres also had 21 shots miss the net, (including a couple of posts hit) while the Canes just had 11. Carolina looked like a team that had played the night before.
  • Once again Justin Faulk led Carolina with over 24 minutes of ice time.
  • The team was only credited with 11 hits. Andreas Nodl and Jay Harrison had two each.
  • The Canes had 21 blocked shots. Jay Harrison led the way with five while Bryan Allen and Brandon Sutter had four each.
  • post game interviews are at Canes PR.com.
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