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National Hockey League
Carolina 4, Buffalo 3
When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, January 11, 2019
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
Referees: Jake Brenk, Chris Rooney
Linesmen: Brian Mach, Libor Suchanek
Attendance: 17199

Sebastian Aho scored twice as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the visiting Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Friday night at Raleigh, N.C., ruining the return to PNC Arena of former Hurricanes standout Jeff Skinner.

Micheal Ferland and Justin Williams also scored for Carolina. Ferland and Teuvo Teravainen provided two assists each.

Aho, the team's lone All-Star selection, pushed his team-best goals total to 18.

The Hurricanes were back on the winning track a night after a five-game winning streak was stopped when they surrendered a third-period lead at Tampa Bay. They were sharp at times in their first home game following a three-game road trip.

Jeff Skinner, Jason Pominville and Kyle Okposo scored for the Sabres, who had a three-game winning streak snapped as the teams met for the first time this season.

Hurricanes goalie Curtis McElhinney made 30 saves.

Buffalo goalie Carter Hutton stopped 26 shots, enduring some bad luck along the way.

Okposo's goal came with 3:12 to play, creating a potentially dramatic finish. It was the only third-period goal.

Skinner, a left winger, is in his first season with the Sabres after playing his first eight NHL seasons with the Hurricanes before a trade last summer. He was the focus of a first-period video tribute.

Ferland opened the scoring with a quirky goal that bounced off Hutton and onto the top of the net before trickling behind Hutton and into the net.

Skinner scored his 30th goal of the season in the final minute of the first period on a power play. Earlier in the day, Skinner was added to the NHL All-Star roster. He reached the 30-goal mark in a season three times with Carolina, while he had a total of 24 goals in 2017-18.

Williams posted his fifth goal in the last six games to open the second-period scoring.

Pominville responded with a goal 30 seconds later.

Aho's goal to put Carolina ahead 3-2 was the third goal in a 72-second span. The puck bounced off Buffalo defenseman Rasmus Dahlin and into the net.

Aho made it 4-2 with 7:33 to play in the second period.

The Sabres had center Jack Eichel in the lineup for the first time this month as he returned from an injury.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Buffalo   Carolina
Rasmus Dahlin 2 Points Micheal Ferland 3
Kyle Okposo 1 Goals Sebastian Aho 2
Rasmus Dahlin 2 Assists Micheal Ferland 2
Jeff Skinner 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Carter Hutton .867 Save Percentage Curtis McElhinney .909
Carter Hutton 26 Saves Curtis McElhinney 30
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Buffalo 33 3 1-4 2-2 6 30
Carolina 30 4 0-2 3-4 10 32
Upcoming Games
  • Carolina will play their next game at home against Nashville. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .458 after a loss.
  • Buffalo will play their next game at home against Tampa Bay. The Sabres have a W/L % of .542 after a win and .500 after a loss.