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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — It took extra time — and a shootout — to get it done, but the Sabres have their first win of the season.

After blowing a late lead, the Sabres held on through overtime and finally powered through in the eighth round of the shootout against the Caroliina Hurricanes and goalie Cam Ward.

The Sabres drew blood first 12:07 into the first period on a Marcus Foligno wrist shot past Cam Ward. Chris Stewart and Tyson Strachan got assists for Buffalo on the goal.

Carolina tied the game a half minute into the second period with a Riley Nash wrist shot past Sabres netminder Jhonas Enroth. Jay Harrison got an assist on the goal. The Sabres, however, reclaimed the lead just 1:53 into the period with Torrey Mitchell's first goal of the season — a slapshot. Brian Gionta got an assist on the goal.

Two mintes and 54 seconds into period three, Foligno scored his second of the night on a snap shot, assisted by Cody Hodgson. But Carolina scored at 12:11 to make it 3-2. A Chris Terry wrister got past Enroth with assists by Zach Boychuk and Nash. Then with less than two minutes to go in the game, Boychuck tied the game with a wrist shot. Terry and Jay Clement got assists on the goal.

After a scoreless overtime, Matt Moulson scored for the Sabres in the first round of the shootout. Terry, however, tied it up for the Hurricanes in the second round. Then the goalies stood tall, making save after save over the next five rounds. Finally in the eighth round, after Jiri Tlusty missed for Carolina, Zemgus Girgensons scored for the Sabres, securing the team's first win of the season.

The Sabres had more than double the shots they had in Monday's game against Anaheim, but their shot totals waned towards the end of the game. After a respectable 13 shots in period 1, the team slowed to 8 in the second — and then just a pair in the third.

Still it was the final shot that counted. The team now has a 3-1 record.

The Sabres play again on Friday, hosting the Florida Panthers at 7 p.m.

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