Teravainen scores twice, Hurricanes sock Sabres 6-2

Dec 4, 2021, 5:23 AM | Updated: 8:24 pm
Carolina Hurricanes' Nino Niederreiter (21) celebrates his goal with teammates Jalen Chatfield (64)...

Carolina Hurricanes' Nino Niederreiter (21) celebrates his goal with teammates Jalen Chatfield (64), and Sebastian Aho (20) as Buffalo Sabres' Dylan Cozens (24) skates by during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

(AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Teuvo Teravainen scored two goals and the Carolina Hurricanes rode an early burst of offense to a 6-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

Martin Necas, Ian Cole, Vincent Trocheck and Nino Niederreiter also scored for the Hurricanes, who snapped a season-worst three-game losing streak for only their second win in the last seven games.

“We kind of had some tough times lately so it’s nice to get a night like this,” Teravainen said.

“It’s good for our confidence,” Trocheck said, who had gone eight games without a point. “We know what we’re capable of.”

Sebastian Aho recorded three assists and Trocheck had two assists. And Hurricanes goalie Antti Raanta, playing in consecutive games for the first time this season, made 32 saves.

“Pretty much scored every chance we had, it felt like,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “I think we deserved it.”

Henri Jokiharju scored his first goal of the season and Zemgus Girgensons also had a goal for the Sabres, who’ve lost four in a row and eight of their last nine. They’ve allowed 20 goals in a three-game span.

“Everyone in that locker room can do better,” Sabres left winger Victor Olofsson said.

Goalie Malcolm Subban, making his Sabres debut after a trade Thursday with Chicago, played his first NHL game of the season and stopped 19 shots before departing midway through the third period with an injury.

“It seemed like the scoring chances they had were really good ones,” Olofsson said.

The Hurricanes did all their scoring in their previous three games in the third period. They entered the third period against Buffalo with a 5-2 lead, and Teravainen’s second goal was a short-handed tally 69 seconds into the third period.

“Hopefully this bodes well going forward that we have a little confidence that we can score some goals again,” said Cole, whose goal was his first of the season.

Teravainen scored just 2:16 into the game. Later in the period, Necas scored on a wrap-around. A goal was waved off initially, but through video review it was determined that the puck cross the line before it was pushed out by Subban.

Buffalo got on the board with 32 seconds left in the opening period when Jokiharju was credited with a goal, though the puck went in off Carolina’s Cole.

“Some tough bounces there, but there’s really no other alternative but to keep playing and keep going hard,” Cole said.

Carolina has won its last 11 meetings with the Sabres.


Andrei Svechnikov, the second-leading scorer for the Hurricanes, sat out with an injury. He had a goal in two of the last four games, including Thursday night’s loss to Ottawa.

“A little finger issue and had to have it repaired, so he should be fine going forward,” Brind’Amour said.

Svechnikov missed a game for the first time this season. So did Jordan Martinook, who left the Ottawa game with an injury and didn’t play Saturday.

Goalie Frederik Andersen, who has been the team’s top goalie, wasn’t on the bench. Brind’Amour said he hasn’t been feeling well.

The good news for Carolina is that defenseman Ethan Bear returned after a six-game absence due to being in the COVID-19 protocol.

For Buffalo, defenseman Robert Hagg was out of the lineup for the first time this season. Will Butcher played for just the second time in seven games.


Subban’s injury will be further assessed when the Sabres return to Buffalo, coach Don Granato said. He would have liked to have seen a better performance in front of his newcomer.

“We gave up too many uncontested chances,” Granato said.


Sabres: Host Anaheim on Tuesday night to start a three-game homestand.

Hurricanes: At Winnipeg on Tuesday night to begin a five-game trip. ___

More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa talks to reporters in the dugout before a baseball game aga...
Associated Press

La Russa steps down as White Sox manager over heart issue

CHICAGO (AP) — Tony La Russa stepped down as manager of the Chicago White Sox on Monday because of a heart issue, ending a disappointing two-year run in the same spot where the Hall of Famer got his first job as a big league skipper. La Russa, a three-time World Series champion who turns 78 […]
14 hours ago
Leicester's James Maddison, centre, celebrates next to Wout Faes, left and Jamie Vardy after scorin...
Associated Press

Leicester earns first EPL win, drops Forest into last place

LEICESTER, England (AP) — Getting 22 new signings to gel is proving to be a mightily difficult task for Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper. A 4-0 loss at previously winless Leicester dropped Forest into last place in the English Premier League on Monday, leaving Cooper at risk of becoming the latest top-flight manager to lose […]
14 hours ago
FILE - Baltimore pitcher Jim Palmer (22) delivers during a World Series game, Monday, Oct. 11, 1971...
Associated Press

Complete games disappearing in baseball’s Analytics Age

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Palmer thought back to 1971, when Baltimore Orioles pitching coach George Bamberger kept scrawling marks on the underside of his cap’s brim. “George, what is that?” the Hall of Fame pitcher recalled asking. “He said, ‘I have a complete game clause. If you guys get 50 or more complete games, […]
14 hours ago
Associated Press

Authorities probing report of scandal at fishing tournament

CLEVELAND (AP) — The county prosecutor’s office in Cleveland has opened an investigation into an apparent cheating scandal during a lucrative walleye fishing tournament on Lake Erie last week. A video posted to Twitter shows Jason Fischer, tournament director for the Lake Erie Walleye Trail, cutting open the winning catch of five walleye on Friday […]
14 hours ago
Alex Bowman (48), Joey Logano (22), Austin Cindric (2), Justin Allgaier (62) and Ty Gibbs (23) are ...
Associated Press

Column: ‘We need to fix it’ safety concerns dogging NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR’s beleaguered new car somehow made it out of Talladega Superspeedway in the cleanest race yet of this year’s playoffs. It did little to quell the safety concerns surrounding the Next Gen car that debuted this season. The first four playoff races were a disastrous mess of car fires, broken parts […]
2 days ago
Miami Dolphins quarterback Teddy Bridgewater hands off during the first half of an NFL football gam...
Associated Press

Dolphins’ Tagovailoa ruled out for Sunday’s game at Jets

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been ruled out for Sunday’s game at the New York Jets. Tagovailoa, who suffered a concussion last Thursday at Cincinnati when he took a scary sack from Bengals defensive tackle Josh Tupou, was stretchered off the field and immediately taken to the hospital. He flew […]
2 days ago
Teravainen scores twice, Hurricanes sock Sabres 6-2