BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Sabres picked up their first overtime point of the season Tuesday night, losing 3-2 on the road in Carolina.
Alex Tuch and Rasmus Dahlin scored for Buffalo (6-6-1), which has lost in its past nine trips to Raleigh.
Ukko-Pekka Lukkonnen made 24 saves in losing for the second time in five starts.
“I thought we locked it down defensively to get the point, at least,” Luukkonen said.
Martin Necas tipped in the winning goal for the Hurricanes, assisted by Sebastian Aho, at 1:30 into overtime. Carolina defensemen Tony DeAngelo and Brady Skjei, who also had an assist, scored in regulation to help the Hurricanes win for the fifth time in six games. Antti Raanta made 19 saves, including one early in overtime.
Necas redirected the puck from near the crease. He also scored in overtime Oct. 26 against Seattle and has nine career OT goals — six in the past two seasons. His latest winner came after the Sabres had possession of the puck for most of the first minute in overtime.
“We got the puck and they were tired out there,” Necas said.
The Sabres tied it at 9:23 on Dahlin’s power-play goal, less than 90 seconds after Skjei’s go-ahead goal off a pass from Aho in the third period. It was just the fifth power-play goal of the season for Buffalo.
The Sabres pulled even at 1 in the second when Tuch turned a Carolina turnover into an unassisted goal. He has three goals in the past two games.
Buffalo is 1-1 in overtime games this season, with a home victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Hurricanes are 5-0 in games extending beyond regulation this season, going 4-0 in overtime and winning once in a shootout. Since last December, Carolina has won 10 straight regular-season games decided in overtime to tie for the second-longest streak in NHL history.
The Sabres return home to play the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.
The Associated Press contributed.