Lindback makes 49 saves to keep Sabres from clinching 30th place

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The race for the bottom is still on. While the Carolina Hurricanes heavily outshot the Buffalo Sabres tonight, they still suffered a 4-3 loss.

Sabres goaltender Anders Lindback had his hands full, but he managed to turn aside 49 of 52 shots, including 23 consecutive shots in the first period. After struggling mightily with Dallas earlier this season, Lindback has a .923 save percentage in 14 games with Buffalo.

The Sabres entered the first intermission with a 2-0 edge and they continued to build on their early momentum in the second. Tyler Ennis scored his 20th goal of the campaign to make it 4-0 with just 3:12 minutes remaining before the second intermission.

That proved to be critical as Carolina clawed its way back into this game thanks to goals from Patrick Dwyer, Alexander Semin, and Eric Staal. Ultimately, the Hurricanes ran out of time though.

Buffalo will still clinch 30th place before its next game if Arizona beats Calgary on Tuesday or Vancouver on Thursday. Otherwise, the Sabres will have to wait until Friday when they play against Columbus to get their next shot at securing the best odds of winning the draft lottery.

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