Tim Connolly scored the lone goal of the game. It was his 12th of the season and was on the power play. Buffalo had 34 shots on net, but Henrik Lundqvist stopped all but one.
With Carolina’s victory over Montreal, the Sabres moved into a tie for seventh with the Rangers, but New York has the tiebreaker. Buffalo is also just two points behind Montreal with a game in hand.
Carolina and Buffalo meet on Sunday and both don’t play again until Saturday.