RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Eric Staal had a goal and two assists to lead the Carolina Hurricanes past the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on Friday night.
Chad 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.
They never trailed in winning for the fourth time in seven games. They have earned points in three of four in their attempt to escape the Eastern Conference cellar.
Jason Pominville was credited with a bizarre goal and added an assist, and Thomas Vanek also scored for Buffalo. The Sabres have lost nine of 12.
Cam Ward made 31 saves for Carolina while Ryan Miller stopped 31 shots for the Sabres.
That these teams were involved in a tight game at the RBC Center wasn't much of a surprise: Five of their previous eight meetings here wound up going to overtime, and the Hurricanes won four of those.
For much of the way, this one appeared headed to OT, too -- until LaRose broke a 2-all tie with his 4-on-4 goal m...