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Sabres Lose to Carolina 4-3, On Brink Of Elimination

By Associated Press

Raleigh, NC – Cory Stillman corralled a loose puck and scored a power-play goal at 8:46 into overtime to lead the Carolina Hurricanes past the Buffalo Sabres 4-to-3 in Game Five of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night. The Hurricanes own a 3-to-2 series lead.

Stillman also had an assist for the Hurricanes, who are one win away from their second trip to the Stanley Cup finals in four years. Carolina, which won 4-0 on the road in Game Four to tie the series, can advance Tuesday at Buffalo. The winner of this series plays Edmonton for the Stanley Cup title.

Justin Williams, Mark Recchi and Rod Brind'Amour also scored goals for Carolina. Eric Staal had an assist to push his playoff point streak to 15 games.

Chris Drury, Derek Roy and Toni Lydman each scored for the Sabres, who lost a two-goal lead in the second period and now trail in a series for the first time in the playoffs.

Hurricanes rookie Cam Ward got the win in relief of Martin Gerber, who was pulled two minutes into the second period after allowing three goals.

Ward stopped all 15 shots he faced after Gerber made only eight saves on eleven shots.