Fenwick chart for 2014-02-25 Hurricanes 2 at Sabres 3

Game 58 By the Numbers: Hurricanes at Sabres

In what ended up being Ryan Miller's final game in Buffalo, the Sabres goaltender put on a terrific performance to backstop his team to a 3-2 victory over the Hurricanes. Carolina did just about everything to try to beat Miller through the first 55 minutes of the game, outchancing Buffalo 26-9, getting traffic in front of the net and moving the puck around swiftly to create chances. Despite that, they only managed to get two past Miller and Buffalo was able to get a couple of soft goals past Cam Ward, making this game a lot more competitive than it should have been.

It's hard to say what more the Hurricanes could have done to win this game because they were doing enough to create chances and at least try to solve Miller. Sure, they could have done more on the power play but they still managed to create 26 chances despite that and against any other goalie, this may have been enough to win or at least earn a point. Hell, it almost earned them a point in this game but some terrible late-game management ruined that hope for Carolina.

The score was tied 2-2 with less than 90 seconds remaining and Muller elected to send out his fourth line of Drayson Bowman, Manny Malhotra & Radek Dvorak, a safe trio that is unlikely to burn their team with a huge defensive mistake. They didn't do that, but Bowman ended up making a very poor decision by dumping the puck into the far side despite having plenty of room to carry it in along the boards. It's a "safe" play that not many would criticize, but Bowman basically gave the Sabres possession of the puck when the game was on the line. While the Hurricanes wasted their time with the puck, Christian Ehrhoff of the Sabres went coast-to-coast, basically undetected by every Carolina forward and ended up banking a puck off Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk and into Carolina's net to seal a victory for the Sabres.

Going by the scoresheet and the shot clock, it doesn't look like the Hurricanes were playing for overtime and desperate for points, but that play made it look like they were and it ended up costing them in the end. Yes, the goal was fluky but the situation could have been avoided completely with some better puck management. Ironically, the "safe" play is what burned the Hurricanes in this game.

A game like this would be fine in October or November because you can at least say to yourself and the Hurricanes played well and should start to win more games if they keep it up. That is still true, but the Hurricanes spent most of October & November spinning their tires and need points now. They let at least one slip out of their hands and it's likely going to cost them any hope at the post-season, barring a miracle run to end the year. This loss coupled with the third period meltdown to the Jets before the Olympic break could likely be season killers.

Fenwick Timeline from Extra Skater

Scoring Chances

Period Total 5v5 PP 5v3 SH 3v5 4v4 EN
1 10 2 8 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 5 2 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
3 9 5 7 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 26 9 20 8 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

Hurricanes Individual Scoring Chances

Player Goals Shots Chances Attempts
Jeff Skinner 0 7 5 8
Eric Staal 1 4 4 7
Alexander Semin 1 4 4 10
Jiri Tlusty 0 5 3 8
Riley Nash 0 3 3 4
Tuomo Ruutu 0 1 2 2
Jordan Staal 0 2 1 2
Nathan Gerbe 0 1 1 3
Drayson Bowman 0 0 1 0
Manny Malhotra 0 1 1 2
Justin Faulk 0 1 1 1
Andrej Sekera 0 0 0 4
Radek Dvorak 0 2 0 2
John-Michael Liles 0 1 0 3
Patrick Dwyer 0 3 0 4
Jay Harrison 0 1 0 4
Ron Hainsey 0 1 0 1
Brett Bellemore 0 1 0 2

 

Hurricanes On-Ice Scoring Chances

# Player 5v5 PP SH
4 Andrej Sekera 14:05 5 1 4:43 2 0 3:04 0 1
11 Jordan Staal 10:55 1 1 5:08 2 0 1:28 0 0
12 Eric Staal 14:13 12 0 5:34 2 0 0:53 0 0
14 Nathan Gerbe  11:24 1 0 4:42 2 0 0:00 0 0
15 Tuomo Ruutu 10:42 7 4 4:39 2 0 0:00 0 0
18 Radek Dvorak 9:24 3 3 0:02 0 0 0:55 0 0
19 Jiri Tlusty 12:40 9 0 4:32 2 0 0:24 0 0
20 Riley Nash 10:58 7 2 0:00 0 0 0:25 0 0
21 Drayson Bowman 10:45 4 3 0:11 0 0 0:54 0 0
22 Manny Malhotra 9:34 4 6 0:02 0 0 1:51 0 1
26 John-Michael Liles 17:35 10 4 5:05 2 0 0:00 0 0
27 Justin Faulk 14:27 6 1 5:02 2 0 3:04 0 1
28 Alexander Semin 13:50 10 0 4:58 0 0 0:53 0 0
39 Patrick Dwyer 10:32 2 1 0:00 0 0 2:19 0 1
44 Jay Harrison 13:23 7 3 0:10 0 0 0:53 0 0
53 Jeff Skinner 10:49 7 4 5:00 2 0 0:00 0 0
65 Ron Hainsey 17:25 10 4 0:02 0 0 1:57 0 0
73 Brett Bellemore 12:43 7 3 0:10 0 0 1:04 0 0
30 Cam Ward   20 8   2 0   0 1

Best EV Forward: Eric Staal +12

Worst EV Forward: Manny Malhotra -2

Best EV Defensemen: John-Michael Liles & Ron Hainsey +2

"Worst" EV Defensemen: Andrej Sekera, Jay Harrison & Brett Bellemore +4

Sabres Individual Scoring Chances

Player Goals Shots Chances Attempts
Matt Moulson 0 2 2 3
Tyler Myers 0 2 2 3
Tyler Ennis 1 2 2 3
Steve Ott 0 1 1 1
Drew Stafford 0 3 1 4
Matt D'Agostini 0 3 1 3
Jamie McBain 0 0 0 1
Mike Weber 0 0 0 0
Cody McCormick 0 0 0 1
Christian Ehrhoff 2 2 0 3
Cody Hodgson 0 1 0 2
Ville Leino 0 0 0 0
Zemgus Girgensons 0 0 0 1
John Scott 0 0 0 0
Matt Ellis 0 0 0 1
Alexander Sulzer 0 0 0 0
Brian Flynn 0 1 0 1
Marcus Foligno 0 1 0 1

 

Sabres On-Ice Scoring Chances

# Player 5v5 PP SH
4 Jamie McBain 11:30 5 7 2:23 0 0 1:40 0 1
6 Mike Weber 17:59 2 5 0:00 0 0 4:22 0 2
8 Cody McCormick 7:21   3 0:00 0 0 1:56 0 0
9 Steve Ott 10:54 4 2 2:27 0 0 3:50 0 2
10 Christian Ehrhoff 16:19 1 11 2:38 1 0 5:23 0 2
19 Cody Hodgson 10:15 3 3 2:34 1 0 0:00 0 0
21 Drew Stafford 14:28 4 11 2:34 1 0 2:29 0 0
23 Ville Leino 10:23 1 11 2:27 0 0 0:03 0 0
26 Matt Moulson 14:19 4 9 2:34 1 0 0:03 0 0
27 Matt D'Agostini 11:02 4 3 2:27 0 0 0:00 0 0
28 Zemgus Girgensons 11:16 0 2 0:00 0 0 4:11 0 1
32 John Scott 11:01 4 6 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
37 Matt Ellis 7:13 0 5 0:00 0 0 1:50 0 1
52 Alexander Sulzer 17:04 1 9 0:00 0 0 4:41 0 2
57 Tyler Myers 16:47 3 5 2:27 0 0 3:54 0 1
63 Tyler Ennis 11:28 4 6 2:34 1 0 0:00 0 0
65 Brian Flynn 12:33 0 6 0:00 0 0 2:23 0 2
82 Marcus Foligno  13:03 0 5 0:00 0 0 3:15 0 2
30 Ryan Miller   8 20   1 0   0 2

Best EV Forward: Steve Ott +2

Worst EV Froward: Ville Leino -10

Best EV Defensemen: John Scott & Jamie McBain -2

Worst EV Defenseman: Christian Ehrhoff -10

Head-to-Head at Five-on-Five

5v5 Zone Entries

Hurricanes

  # of entries Shots generated Carry-ins Shots generated Dump-ins Shots generated Failed Entries
Sekera 5 3 2 2 3 1 0
J. Staal 2 0 1 0 1 0 0
E. Staal 5 4 3 3 2 1 0
Gerbe 5 0 2 0 3 0 1
Ruutu 5 2 3 2 2 0 0
Dvorak 5 2 3 2 2 0 0
Tlusty 3 1 2 0 1 1 1
Nash 2 1 2 1 0 0 0
Bowman 4 1 1 1 3 0 1
Malhotra 2 2 1 2 1 0 0
Liles 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Faulk 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Semin 12 5 10 5 2 0 0
Dwyer 6 6 3 4 3 2 0
Harrison 2 1 0 0 2 1 0
Skinner 3 3 2 3 1 0 1
Hainsey 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
Bellemore 3 1 0 0 3 1 0
Team 68 32 35 25 33 7 4

 

Sabres

Player # of entries Shots generated Carry-ins Shots generated Dump-ins Shots generated Failed Entries
McBain 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Weber 5 0 0 0 5 0 0
McCormick 2 1 1 1 1 0 1
Ott 6 3 3 3 3 0 0
Ehrhoff 4 1 2 1 2 0 0
Hodgson 6 2 0 0 6 2 0
Stafford 5 2 2 1 3 1 0
Leino 2 0 2 0 0 0 1
Moulson 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
D'Agostini 5 3 3 2 2 1 0
Girgensons 1 1 1 1 0 0 0
Scott 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ellis 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
Sulzer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Myers 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Ennis 6 5 6 5 0 0 1
Flynn 5 0 1 0 4 0 1
Foligno 5 0 0 0 5 0 0
Team 57 18 25 14 32 4 5

5v5 Zone Exits

Hurricanes

 

# Player Pos. Touches Carry Pass Other Turnover Icing
4 A. Sekera D 16 0 3 1 1 1
11 J. Staal C 5 2 0 0 1 0
12 E. Staal C 6 1 0 1 1 0
14 N. Gerbe L 3 1 1 0 0 0
15 T. Ruutu R 4 1 0 0 0 0
18 R. Dvorak R 5 0 2 0 0 0
19 J. Tlusty L 4 1 1 0 0 0
20 R. Nash C 8 0 2 0 1 0
21 D. Bowman L 7 3 1 0 0 0
22 M. Malhotra C 7 1 0 0 0 0
26 J. Liles D 20 1 6 0 1 0
27 J. Faulk D 19 1 4 0 1 1
28 A. Semin R 8 1 3 1 2 0
39 P. Dwyer R 3 2 0 0 0 0
44 J. Harrison D 13 0 2 1 0 0
53 J. Skinner L 0 0 0 0 0 0
65 R. Hainsey D 20 1 4 0 0 1
73 B. Bellemore D 16   4 2 0 1
  Forwards   60 13 10 2 5 0
  Defense   104 3 23 4 3 4
  Overall   164 16 33 6 8 4

Sabres

# Player Pos. Touches Carry Pass Other Turnover Icing
4 J. McBain D 16 0 2 4 1 0
6 M. Weber D 24 0 2 1 4 3
8 C. McCormick C 2 1 0 0 1 0
9 S. Ott C 2 0 0 0 1 0
10 C. Ehrhoff D 19 3 2 1 4 0
19 C. Hodgson C 5 4 0 1 0 0
21 D. Stafford R 8 3 2 2 0 0
23 V. Leino L 5 2 2 0 0 0
26 M. Moulson L 2 0 1 0 0 0
27 M. D'Agostini R 7 1 1 0 0 1
28 Z. Girgensons C 7 2 2 0 0 0
32 J. Scott L 12 0 0 0 1 0
37 M. Ellis L 0 0 0 0 0 0
52 A. Sulzer D 19 0 1 1 1 0
57 T. Myers D 26 2 4 0 5 0
63 T. Ennis C 8 1 1 0 1 0
65 B. Flynn C 10 1 1 0 0 0
82 M. Foligno L 1 0 0 0 0 0
  Forwards   57 15 10 3 3 1
  Defense   116 5 11 7 16 3
  Overall   173 20 21 10 19 4

 

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