Dougie Hamilton scored midway through overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes recovered after surrendering a two-goal lead to defeat the host Buffalo Sabres 5-4 on Thursday night.
Hamilton, a defenseman, is tied for the team lead with nine goals. He was set up by Martin Necas’ rush into the zone with the puck before ending the game at the 2:28 mark.
Jordan Staal, Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen and Andrei Svechnikov also scored for the Hurricanes. Teravainen and Svechnikov both assisted on two goals while Hamilton and Aho added one assist apiece.
Buffalo pulled even with 6:25 to go in the third period when Henri Jokiharju converted off a Carolina turnover for the team’s second unassisted goal of the game.
However, the Hurricanes benefited from the high-sticking penalty on Buffalo’s Sam Reinhart to set up Svechnikov’s go-ahead, power-play goal with 3:54 remaining in regulation.
Then Johan Larsson tied the game again for the Sabres, scoring with 40.1 seconds to play in regulation.
Jeff Skinner and Curtis Lazar also scored for the Sabres, who were playing for the first time since last week’s two-game set in Sweden. Buffalo lost twice to Tampa Bay.
Aho’s goal came on Carolina’s first power play of the game.
Goalie Petr Mrazek made 29 saves for the Hurricanes, who began a three-game road stretch. They have won their past 10 meetings with Buffalo.
Buffalo goalie Carter Hutton stopped 24 shots. The Sabres have a six-game losing streak (0-4-2).
Skinner, who has eight goals, is in his second season with the Sabres after beginning his career with Carolina. He also assisted on Larsson’s goal in the final minute of regulation.
Staal’s goal was his 100th as a member of the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes went up 3-1 just 49 seconds into the second period on Teravainen’s goal.
Lazar’s unassisted goal with just less than five minutes to play in the middle period trimmed the margin to one.
The Hurricanes were coming off an eight-goal outing Monday against Ottawa, their biggest offensive production of the season. They’ve won twice in a row since a four-game losing streak.
The contest was Buffalo’s first home game in nearly two weeks.
–Field Level Media