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He got his left pad out to stop Ennis‘ low shot with 50 seconds remaining.

Khudobin’s best save came in the first period, when he stuck out his right pad to foil Zemgus Girgensons, who was in alone on a short-handed breakaway.

“It was a great comeback,” Khodobin said. “Even after they had the third goal right at the start of the third period, it didn’t break us. Guys stuck with the plan.”

Carolina improved to 4-0-1 in its past five trips to Buffalo, and 8-1-2 in its past 11 meetings against the Sabres.

Sekera got an opportunity to clarify what some Sabres fans perceived to be a disparaging comment he made about Buffalo in September. He was quoted as saying, “I think everything is better than Buffalo.”

Sekera said he was referring to the weather, not the city.

“Definitely was taken out of context,” he said. “I meant that every city is better than Buffalo weather-wise, not living-wise. I spent seven years here so I won’t be burying any people in the organization. They brought me in this league. They made me the player I am right now.”

The weather in the northeast has affected the Hurricanes. Their game at Philadelphia was pushed back a day because of wintry weather. And Carolina’s first scheduled game at Buffalo on Jan. 7 was postponed to Feb. 25 because of a blizzard.

NOTES: The Sabres are starting to find their offense. They have scored three or more in regulation in each of their past five games for their best streak since doing that in eight straight games from March 19-April 3, 2012. … Sabres C Phil Varone had an assist in making his NHL debut a day after being called up from AHL Rochester. … Hurricanes LW Drayson Bowman returned after missing four games with a lower body injury.