NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
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
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
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
Carolina's Eric Staal extended his point streak to 11 games with an assist on
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