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Hurricanes vs. Sabres: Cam Ward Stymies Sabres In 1-0 Loss

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BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 15:  Goalie Cam Ward #30 of the Carolina Hurricanes makes a pad save on a shot by Cody McCormick #8 of the Buffalo Sabres  at HSBC Arena on March 15, 2011 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 15: Goalie Cam Ward #30 of the Carolina Hurricanes makes a pad save on a shot by Cody McCormick #8 of the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena on March 15, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Two days after the Sabres scored six goals to defeat the Ottawa Senators, they run into the buzzsaw that is known as Cam Ward. Ward made 42 saves on his way to his 3rd shutout of the season and the Hurricanes move to within two points of the Sabres with 12 games left to play in the season. Brandon Sutter scored the lone goal of the game with 43 seconds left in the first period. Here are some thoughts on the game. 

- The Sabres came out playing extremely well, outshooting the Hurricanes 22-13 and outchancing them in the period but when Sutter scored the goal it pretty much deflated the team for the rest of the game. The Sabres did get 42 shots off in the game, 22 came in the first period and 20 came in the second and third period combined. 

- Tim Connolly and Drew Stafford each registered five shots on goal and Connolly had some good chances in the first period but just could not bury them. Stafford looked good in his first game back after missing the last two with a hamstring strain, but didn't get the returning game goal output he has had in the last few games he's returned to the lineup. 

- Ryan Miller looked very good tonight, making some key saves to try and keep the Sabres in the game for as long as he could. On many nights, we have mentioned that certain losses could be pointed at him but tonight was not one of those nights. 

The Sabres have three days off to try and regather themselves after losing two of their last three games. They face the Thrashers on Saturday and the Predators on Sunday.