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Gamenight: Sabres trail 'Canes 6-2

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 2021-12-05

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It's the first meeting between the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes since Nov. 14, 2019. On that night, Carolina emerged victorious in overtime, 5-4, inside KeyBank Center. Tonight, Buffalo debuts a new goaltender - Malcolm Subban, acquired Thursday from the Chicago Blackhawks, gets the nod between the pipes.

The Hurricanes grabbed a very early lead on home ice. With the game just 2:16 old, forward Teuvo Teravainen netted his fifth goal of the season; Subban's first goal allowed in a Buffalo Sabres sweater.

Carolina's lead became 2-0 later in the first period when center Martin Necas' wraparound attempt was seen to have crossed the goal line despite a valiant attempt by Subban. It was reviewed during a stoppage in play, giving Necas five goals on the campaign.

The Sabres cut the deficit in half with 31.3 seconds left in the opening frame, as Henri Jokiharju potted his first goal of the season off a long shot from the point.

In the second period, Carolina got back to their goal-scoring ways with a pair just 24-seconds apart. First, it was defenseman Ian Cole beating Subban with a slap shot off a face-off win. Following up less than half-a-minute later was forward Vincent Trocheck, who deposited a loose puck into the Sabres' net for his fifth goal of the season.

Later in the middle stanza, Carolina extended their lead to 5-1 when Nino Niederreiter was the beneficiary of a Sabres' four-man rush that was broken up at the Hurricanes' blue line. Carolina took the puck the other way, and capitalized immediately.

In the waning minutes of the second, Tage Thompson was on the receiving end of a nasty hit from Trocheck. Thompson slowed down and had his back turned towards the boards when Trocheck left the ice and felled Thompson. Coming to the defense of the center were Victor Olofsson and Jeff Skinner. After review of the play, Trocheck was hit with a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct.

The Sabres were able to score before period's end on the ensuing powerplay. Zemgus Girgensons tipped a puck in from the point on the man advantage to trim the Carolina lead to 5-2 before the third period began.

Despite the glimmer of optimism after Girgensons cut the deficit to three, it all was taken away just 69-seconds into the third period of play. Rasmus Dahlin fumbled a pass at the Carolina blue line, and there on the spot was forward Sebastian Aho for a short-handed breakaway. Though he was stopped by Subban, Teravainen was not. He followed up the chance and cashed in on a pass from Aho, who was able to corral his own rebound as no Sabres were back to come to the aid of Subban.

Check back throughout the night for updates.

GAME SUMMARY

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What's Next:

The blue and gold return to Buffalo for a home date with the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Puck drop inside KeyBank Center is set for 7:30 p.m. EST, and the Paul William Beltz Pregame Show with Mike Schopp and the Bulldog starts at 6:30 p.m. EST on the radio home of the Buffalo Sabres - WGR Sports Radio 550.

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