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Monday, May 22nd (All times eastern)

(4) Buffalo Sabres (1-0) at (2) Carolina Hurricanes (0-1), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres try to head home up two games to none tonight when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals at RBC Center.

Buffalo fired the opening shot in the series, posting a 3-2 decision in Game 1 on Saturday. Ryan Miller made 29 saves and Jay McKee tallied the eventual game-winning goal in the third period to lead the effort.

Daniel Briere and Henrik Tallinder also scored goals for the Sabres while Jochen Hecht and Jason Pominville each picked up two assists in the win.

McKee put the Sabres up 3-1 with 6:20 remaining in the third, and the Hurricanes answered with a Mike Commodore shorthanded tally at the 17:07 mark. However, it was too little too late as Miller and Co. held off the comeback attempt.

Miller finished with 16 saves during a final frame that saw the Sabres get outshot by a 17-8 margin. The rookie netminder has allowed two goals or less in each of his last five starts.

The Sabres continue to help make Miller's life easier by preventing shots from getting to him. They blocked 29 shots on Saturday and have recorded a total of 224 in these playoffs.

Rod Brind'Amour and Commodore scored for the Hurricanes, while Cam Ward allowed three goals on 27 shots and lost for just the second time this postseason.

Ward, who replaced a struggling Martin Gerber early in the first round, has fallen in two of the last three games, allowing a combined seven goals in those tilts.

Carolina's Eric Staal extended his point streak to 11 games with an assist on Commodore's tally.

On the injury front for Carolina, winger Erik Cole has begun to practice with the team, hoping to return from a serious injury suffered back in early March. Cole sustained a fractured vertebra in his neck when he was slammed into the boards by Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik. He skated with a no-contact blue jersey on Sunday and there remains no timetable for his return.

Buffalo has jumped out 2-0 in each series this postseason, including a three games to none lead against Ottawa in the last round. Carolina, meanwhile, fell behind 0-2 in the first round against Montreal before winning four straight.

Game 3 will be played Wednesday at HSBC Arena in Buffalo.

05/22 10:37:40 ET

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