RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Marcus Foligno had two goals, Zemgus Girgensons scored on a backhand to end a long shootout, and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 Tuesday night for their first victory of the season.
Girgensons was Buffalo’s eighth shooter in the tiebreaker.
The two squads, which met in the 2006 Eastern Conference finals before the Hurricanes won their only Stanley Cup, came into the game as the only NHL teams without a point.
Buffalo led 3-1 early in the third period, but Chris Terry scored for Carolina (0-2-1) and then assisted on Zach Boychuk’s goal that tied it at 18:12.
Foligno had his first two goals of the season, and Torrey Mitchell also scored for the Sabres (1-3).
Riley Nash and Terry each had a goal and an assist for Carolina.
Jhonas Enroth made 22 saves for Buffalo, and Carolina’s Cam Ward had 23.
The Hurricanes played without captain Eric Staal (upper body) and wing Patrick Dwyer (lower body), both injured Saturday against the New York Islanders. Carolina has also been without Jordan Staal (broken leg) and Jeff Skinner (concussion) all season.
All but Jordan Staal, out at least three months, are now listed as day to day.
Carolina defenseman and former Sabres player Andrej Sekera left with an upper-body injury in the first period and did not return.
The Sabres, who had the league’s worst record last season, led 1-0 after the first. They outshot Carolina 13-7 and had two power-play opportunities to none for the Hurricanes in the period.
Buffalo scored at 12:07 of the first, when Foligno beat Ward stick side off Chris Stewart’s pass across the crease.
Enroth stopped ex-Sabre Nathan Gerbe on a short-handed breakaway in the last minute of the period.
The Hurricanes scored on a rush 30 seconds into the second, when Nash put in a rebound of Jay Harrison’s shot. But the Sabres answered at 1:53 when Mitchell scored from the left circle.
Foligno made it 3-1 at 2:54 of the third, beating Ward stick side from the slot.
Terry scored for Carolina off a faceoff at 12:11.
Buffalo had just two shots in the third period.
NOTES: The Hurricanes’ next game is Thursday night at the New York Rangers. Buffalo plays at Florida on Friday night. … Carolina alternate captain Harrison skated in his 300th game for the franchise. … Cody Hodgson was moved from left wing to center for Buffalo after recording just one shot on goal in the first three games. … Buffalo G Matt Hackett (lower body), RW Patrick Kaleta (upper body), D Jake McCabe (middle body) and D Mark Pysyk (upper) each missed a fourth straight game. … D Brett Bellemore was Carolina’s only healthy scratch, while C Brian Flynn, D Andrej Meszaros and D Nikita Zadorov were all healthy scratches for the Sabres.
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