Series (Game 4 of 4)

Carolina leads 3-1

Game 1: Wednesday, November 9th
Game 2: Sunday, February 12th
Game 3: Wednesday, March 22nd
Game 4: Tuesday, April 18th

Sabres 4

(52-24-6, 110 pts)

Hurricanes 0

(52-22-8, 112 pts)

7:00 PM ET, April 18, 2006

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
BUF 2 0 24
CAR 0 0 00

M. Biron (Sabres - G): Saves: 33, Save Pct.: 1.000

B. Campbell (Sabres - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Dumont (Sabres - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

Buffalo (51-24-6) at Carolina (52-21-8) 7:00 pm EST

Buffalo (51-24-6) at Carolina (52-21-8) 7:00 pm EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) - A recent skid by the Ottawa Senators has opened the door for the Carolina Hurricanes to finish first in the Eastern Conference.

Carolina looks to wrap up the conference title and complete a season series sweep of the Buffalo Sabres when the teams conclude the regular season Tuesday.

After taking the Southeast Division crown, the Hurricanes have a one-point edge over the Senators in the race for first place in the East and home-ice advantage in the first three rounds of the playoffs.

If Carolina loses, it can still take the conference title with a loss by Ottawa to the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

Matt Cullen scored his 25th goal and Cory Stillman added his 21st for Carolina in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Eric Staal had two assists Saturday and became the first player in franchise history with a 100-point season since Ron Francis in 1989-1990 with the Hartford Whalers.

Buffalo, which set a franchise record for victories this season, has won four straight games and will be the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Chris Drury scored his 27th goal with a shorthanded tally and J.P. Dumont added his 18th in the third period Saturday as the Sabres rallied for a 4-2 triumph over the Montreal Canadiens.