RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Hurricanes often say their play mirrors that of captain Eric Staal.
Now that their once-slumping All-Star center seems to be heating up, it's no coincidence that they're threatening to escape last place.
Staal had a goal and two assists to lead the Hurricanes past the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on Friday night.
"As he goes, we go," forward Chad LaRose said.
LaRose scored the go-ahead goal with 11:50 left, Justin Faulk also scored and Brandon Sutter added an empty-net goal for the Hurricanes, who never trailed in winning for the fourth time in seven games.
"Everyone was engaged and involved in the game," coach Kirk Muller said. "Everyone felt good about their game, I think. I don't think we had any passengers. So there is a real good atmosphere on the bench (and) a lot of it was from the players. ... That's good to see. That's where it's got to come from."
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