Sabres Beat Hurricanes

From the Associated Press

Daniel Briere scored the only goal in a shootout and Ryan Miller stopped Carolina cold to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 victory over the Stanley Cup champion Hurricanes Wednesday night in Raleigh, N.C., in a season-opening rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference finals.

Jason Pominville and Chris Drury each had goals during regulation for the Sabres, who claimed they were motivated all off-season by their Game 7 loss to Carolina.

Briere, the Sabres’ first shootout skater, faked right and beat Cam Ward with a backhander for the only goal in the tiebreaker.

Miller made 32 saves in regulation and overtime and then came up big in the shootout. Carolina’s Ray Whitney missed the net on the first attempt, before Miller stopped Eric Staal with his stick on the second. He then blocked Erik Cole.


Ottawa 4, Toronto 1: Martin Gerber made 33 saves, and the visiting Senators beat the Maple Leafs behind goals by Patrick Eaves, Chris Neil, Cristoph Schubert and Daniel Alfredsson.

Ottawa beat Toronto for the eighth time in nine games, outscoring the Maple Leafs, 44-20, in that span.

Dallas 3, Colorado 2: Darryl Sydor came out of the penalty box, took a pass from goaltender Marty Turco and scored at 2:07 of overtime as the Stars beat the host Avalanche.