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Friday, November 27, 2015

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres convincingly beat the Carolina Hurricanes by a score of 4-1 Friday night. Jack Eichel netted his eighth goal of the season on the Sabres win.

Josh Gorges started the scoring for the home team at 8:57 of the first period, assisted by Rasmus Ristolainen and Jamie McGinn.

Victor Rask tied it for Carolina at 4:59 of the second period, assisted by Eric Staal and Elias Lindholm. From there, it was all Buffalo. Eichel's goal came at 12:24 of the second period -- unassisted. Brian Gionta put the Sabres up 3-1 with just 23 seconds to go in the second period. Matt Moulson heped on the goal.

In the third period, David Legwand made it 4-1 with help from Jamie McGinn and Tim Schaller.

Sabres netminder Chad Johnson stopped 27 of 28 shots on the night.

The Sabres, now 9-12-2, play the Nashville Predators tonight in Nashville.


  • With tonight's win, the Sabres improved to 20-7-3 all-time on the day after Thanksgiving, including an 18-6-3 record in home games and a 9-1-1 record since 2003.
  • The Sabres now have wins in consecutive matchups against the Hurricanes for the first time since March 21, 2010 and Jan. 13, 2011.
  • After tonight's game, Jack Eichel was tied for the rookie lead in goals and also tied for seventh in the NHL with seven home goals.
  • Josh Gorges scored his first goal as a member of the Sabres with his first goal in 130 games (last: Oct. 12, 2013 at VAN).
  • Gorges now has a point in consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 27 and March 1, 2014.
  • With his assist on the Gorges goal, Rasmus Ristolainen has nine points (3+6) in his last 10 games and is now on pace for 50 points this season.
  • If he were to reach the 50-point mark, Ristolainen would be the first Sabres defenseman with 50 points in a season since Garry Galley (1995-96) and the youngest to reach that mark since Phil Housley.
  • Brian Gionta's goal extended his point streak against Carolina to four games (3+2).
  • With an assist on Gionta's goal, Matt Moulson now has 19 points (6+13) in his last 15 games against the Hurricanes.

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