Buffalo, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Andrej Sekera netted the go-ahead goal against his former team in the third period as the Carolina Hurricanes went on to beat the Buffalo Sabres, 5-3, Thursday at First Niagara Center.
Sekera’s slap shot from the blue line at 9:50 of the third eluded Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth for his eighth goal of the season as the Hurricanes (22-19-9) won for the second time in as many nights.
Sekera spent parts of seven seasons with the Sabres before being traded to Carolina for defenseman Jamie McBain at the 2013 NHL Draft.
Alexander Semin scored twice, Jeff Skinner and Jiri Tlusty had a goal each while Anton Khudobin had 26 saves for the Hurricanes, who overcame three one-goal deficits.
Cody Hodgson, Brian Flynn and Tyler Ennis scored while Enroth made 28 saves as the Sabres fell to 13-29-7. They are now 0-3-2 in their past five games.
Hodgson put the Sabres ahead at 10:15 of the first period. He stole the puck from Hurricanes defenseman Jay Harrison and fired a slap shot past Khudobin for his 11th goal of the season.
Jeff Skinner tied it at 12:28 with his 22nd goal of the season. He intercepted Sabres defenseman Alexander Sulzer’s pass, skated in and sent a backhanded shot past Enroth.
Flynn gave the Sabres a 2-1 lead at 3:20 of the second period when he batted the rebound of a Phil Varone shot from his knees at the side of net past Khudobin for his fourth goal of the season.
The Hurricanes tied it again at 13:11 when Semin fired a wrist shot over Enroth’s shoulder. Semin gained the zone and sent his shot into the upper corner of the net to make it 2-2.
Buffalo took its third lead 48 seconds into the third period when Ennis cleaned up the rebound of Drew Stafford’s shot for his 11th of the season.
However, Semin tied it again at 7:26 by converting a feed from Eric Staal. He has 12 goals this season, half of them in his past four games.
After Sekera’s goal, Tlusty hit the empty net for the final count.