@ 7:00 PM
Carolina: Mar 3 at Panthers Win 3-2
Buffalo: Mar 3 at NY Rangers Loss(SO) 3-2
Rank In Conference:
Power Play Ranking:
Penalty Kill Ratings:
Carolina: E. Staal(12), Tlusty(10), Skinner(8), Semin and J. Staal(5)
Buffalo: Vanek(12), Pominville(9) Hodgson(8), Ennis(7)
Carolina: Semin(15), E. Staal(13), J. Staal(11), Skinner(8)
Buffalo: Vanek(15), Hodgson(11), Ennis(9), Pominville, Ehrhoff, and Ott(8)
Carolina: E. Staal(27), Semin(20), Tlusty(17), Skinner and J. Staal(16)
Buffalo: Vanek(27), Hodgson(19), Pominville(17), Ennis(16)
Carolina: E. Staal, Tlusty, and Semin(+15), Pitakanen(+9), Corvo and McBain(+8), Faulk(+6)
Buffalo: Ott(+6), Ehrhoff, Sulzer and Vanek(+3), Brennan, Hecht, and Pardy(+2), Weber, Ellis, and Flynn(EV)
Carolina: Harrison(30), E. Staal(28), Gleason(26), Semin(18)
Buffalo: Kaleta(46), Ott(41), Scott(31), Weber(27)
Carolina: E. Staal(74), Semin and Skinner(69), J. Staal(54), Tlusty(53)
Buffalo: Vanek(73), Pominville and Ennis(66), Stafford(59), Hodgson(58)
Carolina: Harrison(49), Faulk(31), McBain(26), Gleason(22)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(41), Sekera(39), Weber(32), Leopold(31)
Carolina: J. Staal(39), Harrison(36), LaRose(35), Wallace(34)
Buffalo: Ott(101), Foligno(54), Weber(53), Kaleta(48)
Carolina: E. Staal(208), J. Staal(207), J. Jokinen(127), Brent(61)
Buffalo: Hodgson(204), Ott(121), Ennis(104), Hecht(68)
Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Carolina: Justin Peters 0-0-0 0.00 .000 SV 0 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 9-10-2 2.78 GAA .917 SV% 0 SO
Last Meeting: Jan 25 Hurricanes Won 3-1
Season Series: Hurricanes Lead 2-0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 96-65-22
All-Time at CAR: Sabres Lead 42-35-16
Rangers win in shootout after two-goal power play
The New York Rangers were on the road to defeat Sunday — perhaps the loss was still off in the distance, but it was only a few exits away — before Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta steered the game in an entirely different direction early in the third period.
Already down a man but with the Sabres ahead thanks to a Drew Stafford goal, Kaleta drove a defenseless Brad Richards into the boards. Kaleta was issued a major penalty along with a game misconduct for checking from behind, giving the Rangers a lengthy two-man advantage and five-minute power play that infused life into a lifeless performance.
Derek Stepan scored seven seconds after Kaleta was tossed, and Rick Nash put the Rangers ahead with a goal 43 seconds later. Nathan Gerbe would pull the Sabres back even with nine seconds left in the penalty, but the Rangers emerged with a 3-2 victory on the strength of shootout goals from Nash and Ryan Callahan.
Richards was down on the ice for about three minutes, writhing in pain after going headfirst into the left-wing boards after sliding a puck deeper into the Sabres zone. He skated to the locker room under his own power and returned during the five-minute power play, saying afterward he was stunned by the hit but had no ill effects from the collision with the boards.
Despite the win and feeling fortunate about surviving the hit mostly unscathed, it didn’t lessen his ire for Kaleta.
“He sees my back and there’s no need for it,” Richards said. “I can sit here and say the same thing over and over again. There’s nothing much I can do when your back’s turned to a guy and you’re trying to get a puck. That’s not a hit that was ever in the game, I don’t think. It’s a little different than a head shot. It’s just stupidity. If we’re going to ram each other headfirst into the boards, it’s a tough game to play.”
The Sabres didn’t make Kaleta available to the media after the game, but coach Ron Rolston spoke about a hit he said he didn’t see.
“I didn’t actually see the play. It happened pretty quick,” Rolston said. “It was hard to tell how extreme it was. I have to take a look at it. We have to be smarter in that situation. Pat’s a heart and soul guy for us. He’s a competitor. He lays it on the line every game. He’s a guy who I’m sure is disappointed about it.”
Hurricanes sweep Panthers amid goalie drama
The weekend home-and-home series between the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers proved a tough one on goaltenders. It also was very productive for the Hurricanes.
Justin Faulk and Alexander Semin scored a minute apart late in the first period and the Hurricanes held on to complete the weekend sweep, winning 3-2 at BB&T Center on Sunday.
“We knew the importance of it,” Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. “The guys played six really strong periods. We’ve got a lot of positive things in our game right now.”
Cam Ward started a second consecutive game in net for Carolina but had to leave midway through the second period because of a leg injury. On Monday, the Hurricanes revealed Ward suffered a third-degree MCL sprain that will sideline him for 6-8 weeks.
He was replaced by Dan Ellis, who had been scratched from his scheduled start due to illness. Ellis stopped 19 of the 21 shots he faced, including 14 of 15 in the third period.
“It’s tough,” Ellis said. “You end up missing a game because you’re sick and stuff like that. If I maybe would have just found a way to play through it or something, maybe it could have prevented an accident like that. Obviously you’ve got to take some responsibility for that and take that on your shoulders. It kind of [stinks] to lose such a good goaltender, such a big piece to our team and such a good person. But at least we got the win.”
With Florida’s Jose Theodore on injured reserve after sustaining a right-leg injury Saturday, Scott Clemmensen got the start for the Panthers. But his backup for the first 16 minutes was goaltending coach Robb Tallas, who had to suit up as an emergency fill-in after Jacob Markstrom’s equipment didn’t arrive with him on his flight from San Antonio after his call-up.
After giving up six goals in relief of Theodore on Saturday, Clemmensen made 21 saves Sunday and had to endure sporadic chants of “We Want Markstrom!” from the home fans.
This Day In Sabres History:
March 5, 1972
The Sabres acquire a second-round draft choice from St. Louis that they will use to pick defenseman Larry Carriere; they also sell Phil Goyette to the New York Rangers.
Carolina: T. Ruutu Hip Surgery(IR/Out), Ward Sprained MCL(Out), Brent Lower Body(Questionable), Pitakanen Lower Body(Questionable)
Buffalo: Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out), Sulzer Lower Body(IR/Out), Leopold Upper Body(IR/Out), Kaleta Suspension(Out), Vanek Upper Body(Questionable)
Next 5 Games:
Mar 7 at New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 10 at Philadelphia Flyers 7:30 PM(NBCS HD TSN2 HD)
Mar 12 vs. New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 16 vs. Ottawa Senators 3:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 17 at Washington Capitals 7:00 PM(NBCSN HD, TSN HD)