Jack Drury scored his third goal in six games, connecting on his own rebound from the left circle at 16:36 to give his team a 2-0 lead. Martin Necas set up the play by carrying the puck up the right side and around the back of the net before feeding it to Drury.
Drury commented on his performance, saying, “I’m fortunate to get to play with some good players out there. They make it easy, and I just have to capitalize when I get my chances.”
Sebastian Aho extended Carolina’s lead to 3-0 with a goal from the high slot on the power play at 1:06 of the second period.
Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour praised Aho’s performance, stating, “He was good. He was the difference. That line was good. He was real special tonight.”
Stefan Noesen and Teuvo Teravainen added to the scoreline, making it 4-0 and 5-0 respectively. Noesen took a drop pass from Necas at the front of the net, while Teravainen found the back of the net from below the right circle on the power play.
Buffalo’s Casey Mittelstadt managed to score for his team, pulling one back to make it 5-1 from the right circle at 4:08 of the third period.
Carolina’s Brady Skjei scored a short-handed goal off the face-off at 8:05, further extending their lead to 6-1.
Colorado’s Tyson Jost cut the deficit to 6-2 at 9:24, scoring from in front after Carolina’s goaltender was caught out of position.
Sabres coach Don Granato expressed his disappointment in his team’s performance, stating, “There’s going to be frustrating moments and frustrating things, but you can’t play frustrated. We didn’t compete at the level we needed to.”
NOTES: Buffalo forward Jordan Greenway left the game after the first period with an upper-body injury. … Aho had his 39th multi-goal game, moving him past Geoff Sanderson into fifth place for most in Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers history. … Hurricanes defenseman Brent Burns had two assists to reach 600 in the NHL, making him the seventh defenseman in NHL history and the ninth active player and lone active defenseman to reach this milestone. … Andrei Svechnikov, Necas, and Jaccob Slavin also contributed with two assists each. … Carolina has dominated the Sabres, winning 16 of their last 18 games against them and earning victories in their last 10 home games against Buffalo, marking the longest active home win streak against Buffalo by any team, dating back to Dec. 17, 2016.
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