A familiar duo combined for the overtime game-winner in Carolina to keep the Hurricanes undefeated at home as they beat the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2 in OT at the PNC on Tuesday night.
Sebastian Aho and Martin Necas were literally skating circles around the Sabres when Aho finally found an open Necas near the goal. Necas made no mistake to keep the Canes undefeated in overtime as well.
The win gives the Canes a 4-0-0 record at home and an overall record of 8-5-0.
At times the home team was dominating and had several close calls that did not connect and Buffalo took advantage of a couple of opportunities to keep things close.
Tony DeAngelo started off the scoring with a bullet of a shot from the point during a powerplay that redirected off a Buffalo defender. It was DeAngelo’s first goal of the season and came a bit past the midpoint of the first period.
Buffalo tied the score when Alex Tuch picked the pocket of Seth Jarvis in front of the Carolina net and then he beat Raanta on a bam-bam play. The goal was scored 3:51 into the second.
The Canes would take the lead 7:54 into the third on a beautiful passing play by Orlov and Aho. The latter found an open Brady Skjei who roofed a perfect shot.
Orlov is starting to find his pace and now has a goal and five assists for the season.
Shortly afterward, Andrei Svechnikov was called for boarding and Rasmus Dahlin took advantage of the man advantage to tie the score once again.
The score remained 2-2 until the end of regulation.
Raanta made several key saves, including one where he skated way out of his crease. The puck did not clear the zone and the goaltender had to dive to make an amazing save about 30 feet away from his crease.
After the game he was asked about what he was thinking during the experience and he smiled and said, “I was wanting to get back to the net as fast as possible”.
Overall he made 19 saves on 21 shots.
The Canes will take tomorrow off before returning to practice on Thursday to prepare for a Friday and Saturday back-to-back in Florida.
- Carolina outshot Buffalo 27-21. They also had 21 shots blocked and missed the net another 18 times.
- They won 60% of their faceoffs and did well with that for the game.
- The Hurricanes were credited with 17 hits and were led by Necas, Noesen, and Kotkaniemi with three each.
- Brent Burns played a team high 22:46 of ice time.
Game Summary - https://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20232024/GS020180.HTM
Event Summary - https://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20232024/ES020180.HTM