RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Buffalo Sabres are really enjoying this joyride.
Now that Buffalo has safely tucked away the NHL's record for consecutive road wins to start a season, the Sabres now can concentrate on the overal road win streak record. Their next road game: Saturday at Ottawa.
Buffalo extended its NHL mark for most consecutive road wins at
the start of a season.
"We pride ourselves in playing well on the road," Mair said.
"In this league the road is a tough place to play and a tough
place to win. If you can pick up points on the road, it makes
things a lot easier."
Mair's first goal of the season put Buffalo ahead 7:09 into the
"When it was tied 3-3, it was good to score," Mair said.
"That was a big lift for our team. I think we settled into the
third period after that."
After losing to the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference finals
last season, Buffalo has beaten Carolina all three times they've
played this season.
Rod Brind'Amour tied it at 3 for Carolina at 6:23 in the third
period, but Buffalo took control on goals by Mair, Roy and Gaustad
in a six-minute stretch.
Brind'Amour said it was frustrating to let the game slip away
like it did.
"We came back and got to our game and really started playing
well," he said. "Then we tied it up and gave them two goals. You
can't do that against good teams. You have to make them earn it."
The Sabres took advantage of three early Carolina penalties to
grab the early lead. Thomas Vanek scored at 8:57 of the first
period, Jason Pominville scored at 12:02 and Hecht made it 3-0 with
21 seconds left in the period with his first goal of the game.
"It was an awful first period," Carolina defenseman Mike
Commodore said. "We got down 3-0. It's tough to come back against
any team, especially to a team that's only lost one or two games
Carolina had given up only 11 first-period goals in its first 18
Justin Williams started Carolina's comeback, scoring his seventh
goal of the season with 8:45 left in the second period. Williams'
goal was reviewed because he crashed into goaltender Martin Biron,
who started his fourth straight in place of the injured Ryan
"They're a team that likes to throw everything at the net,"
Biron said. "They did that for a while -- everything from the
corners to the point. They were throwing everything at the net
hoping to get a bounce. They got momentum off that. They got a
lucky bounce for the first goal."
Biron, now 6-0 this season, stopped 31 of 35 shots.
After Brind'Amour's goal, Buffalo clamped down in the final 12
minutes of the game. The goals from Roy and Gaustad came on the
power play for Buffalo. Carolina had given up only three power-play
goals at home all season before giving up three to the Sabres.
"We let one slip away," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said.
Buffalo D Teppo Numminen played his 1,252nd game, the most
by a European-trained player, surpassing Jari Kurri. ... Vanek and
Pominville remained tied for the team lead with 11 goals each. ...
Carolina D Bret Hedican had two assists. ... Carolina's Ray Whitney
scored his seventh goal of the season and extended his point streak
to five straight games.