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Home Team in Caps
BUFFALO 3, Carolina 2

Christian Ehrhoff scored twice, including the game-winning goal with 43.4 seconds remaining in regulation, to help the Sabres end a four-game skid.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ehrhoff is the first defenseman in Sabres history to score a go-ahead goal in the final minute of the third period and the first Buffalo player to do so since March 11, 2006, when Mike Grier potted the tiebreaking goal with 4.6 seconds left in regulation in a 6-5 victory over the Flyers.

* Ehrhoff’s goal marked the 15th time this season a go-ahead goal has been scored in the final minute of regulation (courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau):

* Ehrhoff recorded his first multi-goal game since Nov. 20, 2009, when he posted 2-1—3 in a 5-2 victory for the Canucks over the Avalanche. He now has 3-4—7 in his past seven games.

Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller made 36 saves and also collected two assists. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first NHL goaltender to record two assists in a game since Cory Schneider did so for the Canucks on Dec. 11, 2010, versus the Lightning. Miller also is the first Sabres goaltender to post such a game since Daren Puppa on Jan. 14, 1991, against the Maple Leafs . . . Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin scored his ninth goal in his past 12 games. He had six goals in his first 34 outings of the season . . . Sabres forward Drew Stafford posted two assists and now has 6-5—11 in his last eight games.

All Times Eastern
Boston @ Buffalo, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2
Detroit @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, FS-D
Los Angeles @ Colorado, 10:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2
St. Louis @ Vancouver, 10:30 p.m., FS-MW, SNET-P

NBCSN’s “Wednesday Night Rivalry” telecast features a pair of games:

First, the Bruins visit the Sabres at First Niagara Center in the fourth of five meetings this season. Boston won two of the first three matchups, scoring a 5-2 victory Oct. 23 in Buffalo and a 4-1 decision Dec. 21 at home. Overall, the Bruins are 8-1-2 in their last 11 games and 4-0-2 in their past six on the road.

The Kings then face off against the Avalanche in their third and final meeting of 2013-14. Each of the first two games went past regulation, with Colorado picking up a 1-0 overtime victory Nov. 23 and Los Angeles securing a 3-2 shootout win Dec. 21. Overall, the Kings have lost nine of their last 11 games (2-8-1), while the Avalanche have won 10 of their past 14.

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