Series (Game 3 of 4)

Buffalo leads 3-1

Game 1: Friday, November 21st
Game 2: Friday, December 26th
Game 3: Monday, December 29th
Game 4: Sunday, January 25th

Sabres 1

(14-19-1, 32 pts)

Hurricanes 2

(12-14-2, 34 pts)

7:00 PM ET, December 29, 2003

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
BUF 1 0 01
CAR 0 2 02

R. Francis (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. McKee (Sabres - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

B. Hedican (Hurricanes - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Buffalo (14-18-3-1) at Carolina (11-14-8-2) 7:00 pm EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The Buffalo Sabres seek their second three-game winning streak of the season Monday night as they visit the Carolina Hurricanes.

Buffalo's previous three-game winning streak was from October 23-26, which moved its record to 5-4-0. The Sabres followed that with a 7-12-3-1 stretch before posting back-to-back 3-1 wins.

On Friday, Mika Noronen made 30 saves in a home win over Carolina, that snapped a season-high eight-game winless skid (0-7-1). The Sabres followed with a win at Washington on Saturday, when Miroslav Satan had a goal and two assists.

Carolina is 3-2-0 under coach Peter Laviolette, who replaced Paul Maurice on December 15. Each of the wins have been by a score of 2-1.

The Hurricanes moved to 4-4-1-2 in their last 11 games with Saturday's 2-1 home victory over Montreal as defenseman Sean Hill scored his second goal of the game 39 seconds into overtime.