May 28, 2006

Hurricanes take pole position to Buffalo

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cory Stillman scored the game-winner
8:46 into overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the
Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in the NHL on Sunday to edge ahead in their
Eastern Conference finals showdown.

Stillman fired a shot from in front of the net off a
rebound past Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller for his second overtime
winner of the post-season to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 series

Game Six in the best-of-seven series will be played Tuesday
night in Buffalo. The winner of the series meets the Edmonton
Oilers for the Stanley Cup.

Stillman's goal completed a Carolina comeback from a 3-1
deficit and put the Hurricanes one game away from eliminating
the injury-riddled Sabres, who are missing three regular

Chris Drury opened the scoring for the Sabres at 7:08 of
the opening period, but Justin Williams tied the game just 17
seconds later.

Derek Roy put Buffalo ahead again with his goal 10 minutes
later, putting the injury-riddled Sabres up 2-1 after one

Toni Lydman put the Sabres ahead by two goals 1:55 into the
second period, and that goal spelled the end of the night for
Carolina's starting goalie Martin Gerber.

Cam Ward replaced Gerber and made several key saves as the
Hurricanes fought back to tie the game, setting the stage for

Mark Recchi got Carolina back to within a goal at 5:21 of
the second period and Rod Brind'Amour's goal five minutes later
tied the game.

That was it for the scoring until the overtime, as Carolina
was out-shot 7-1 in the third period, with both teams finishing
with 26 shots on goal each.

(Writing by Roger Lajoie in Moncton)