While the Sabres and Hurricanes are battling for a playoff position, neither team could find the back of the net in the first period. The Sabres are outshooting the Hurricanes 11-7 in the first period and Buffalo's Thomas Vanek had the best opportunity of the period when he rolled the puck across an empty goal line after beating Carolina goaltender Cam Ward.
The physicality of this game is much like a playoff game, with both teams finding their spots to throw their bodies around. The Hurricanes are outhitting the Sabres 11-7, while the Sabres' Mike Grier leads all players with four hits. Both goaltenders are playing well in this game, with Buffalo's Ryan Miller and Carolina's Cam Ward each pitching their own shutouts.
This game is only going to get more intense as the time ticks down and with the way that both goaltenders are playing, it probably won't take many goals to get the win.