Mika Noronen made 35 saves for his third career shutout, and
J.P. Dumont had two goals and an assist to lead the Sabres to a 5-0
victory over the Hurricanes on Friday night.
The line of Dumont, Daniel Briere and Jochen Hecht combined for
three goals and three assists as Buffalo rebounded from a 4-1 loss
Wednesday at New Jersey. Hecht had a goal and an assist, and Briere
assisted on Dumont's second goal.
"We complete each other on the ice and have a lot of fun out
there," Dumont said. "We just want to keep it going."
Ales Kotalik added a goal and an assist for Buffalo, which
scored three goals in the second period en route to its second win
in three games.
Hecht, Kotalik and Chris Drury scored for Buffalo in a 10:59
span in the second.
The Hurricanes have been outscored 8-0 in the middle periods of
their last two games. Ottawa scored five goals in the second period
of Thursday's 6-1 win.
"The first five minutes we were on our heels, but our
goaltender made some big saves," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said.
"The players were rewarded for all the little plays they made
Heading into the game, the Sabres had been struggling on
offense, scoring just six times in their last five games. Ruff
decided to mix up all but one of his lines on Friday -- Dumont,
Briere and Hecht. The trio didn't disappoint.
"They put on a clinic tonight," Ruff said. "I think the key
to that line is that they are so unselfish."
Ruff put the three together shortly after Buffalo acquired
Briere from Phoenix at last year's trade deadline. They were
derailed early on as Hecht broke his arm in the preseason and
missed the first 17 games. But since Hecht returned three games
ago, the trio has 11 points.
"We like each other very much," Hecht said. "We know where
each other are and it's fun to be out there with those two."
Carolina is 1-4-2 in its last seven and has been outscored 24-11
in that stretch.
Hurricane goaltender Jamie Storr, making his fifth start of the
season, allowed five goals on 25 shots.
"We're struggling right now, there's no question about that,"
Hurricanes' coach Paul Maurice said. "It's not a lack of effort,
we're just not moving the puck, when we have it, confidently."
Noronen made a stop on a shot from close range by rookie Eric
Staal, and made a kick save on Jeff O'Neill's chance on a 2-on-1 in
the third period in earning his first career shutout at home.
"You're always happy with a shutout," Noronen said. "Once we
scored the first goal we just kept going and never gave them a
Dumont scored with 2:43 left in the first, and Hecht scored his
first of the season 4:56 into the second, beating Storr on a
Drury scored his first goal since Oct. 30, against Toronto, and
Kotalik added his sixth of the season.
Dumont's sixth goal of the year early in the third capped the
Carolina's road woes continued. The Hurricanes have been
outscored 18-2 in their last three road contests.
"We've got a great system and a great coaching staff that
everyone believes in," Storr said. "You're not always going to
win when you play the right way."
^Notes:@ Carolina has won just one road game this season. ... Sabres
D Jay McKee missed his first game because of a sprained left knee,
an injury similar to the one that forced him to miss 20 games last
season. He is expected to miss two to six weeks. ... Buffalo is
0-for-26 on the power play. The Sabres haven't scored with the man
advantage since Nov. 7 against Montreal. ... Carolina is 2-2-1 in
the second half of back-to-back games and 3-5-2 overall. ... Dumont
has three goals and five points in his last three games while
Briere has four points in his last four games.
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Arena: First Niagara Center Location: Buffalo, New York
Referees: Tom Kowal, Bill McCreary Linesmen: Michel Cormier, Ray Scapinello
Attendance: 13,177 (70.5% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
J.P. Dumont (4)
Jochen Hecht (1)
Assist: Dmitri Kalinin
Ales Kotalik (6)
Assists: Adam Mair, Chris Taylor
Chris Drury (4)
Assists: J.P. Dumont, Ales Kotalik
J.P. Dumont (6)
Assists: Jochen Hecht, Daniel Briere