Posted January 24, 2013 on AP on Fox
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Eric Staal scored three goals, Jeff Skinner added two and the Carolina Hurricanes earned their first victory of the season by handing the Buffalo Sabres their first loss, 6-3 on Thursday night. Skinner and Staal scored 9 seconds apart during Carolina's four-goal second period that also included a short-handed score by Justin Faulk. Jordan Staal, Joni Pitkanen and Zac Dalpe each had two assists and Cam Ward made 30 saves for the Hurricanes, who were one of five winless teams and had two total goals in their first two games. Jason Pominville's second goal made it 4-3 with 13:54 left. Eric Staal restored Carolina's two-goal lead by firing the puck past Jhonas Enroth at 10:34. He then polished off his 13th career hat trick with an empty-netter with 1:28 left. Cody Hodgson also scored and Thomas Vanek had two assists for the Sabres. Enroth stopped 32 shots. Carolina, which beefed up its offense this offseason by adding Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin and averages an NHL-best 39 sh...
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