Sabres fall to Hurricanes

January 24, 2014 Updated Jan 24, 2014 at 12:12 AM EDT

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Sabres fall to Hurricanes

January 24, 2014 Updated Jan 24, 2014 at 12:12 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The Buffalo Sabres dropped their fifth straight game Thursday night, falling to the visiting Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 at First Niagara Center.

Buffalo opened the scoring just over ten minutes in to the contest on a slap-shot by Cody Hodgson that beat Anton Khudobin. It was Hodgson's 11th of the year.

The Canes tied it up just two minutes later off the stick of Jeff Skinner.

The Sabres took the lead just three-minutes into the second period off a Brian Flynn goal. Forward Phil Varrone, making his NHL debut for the Sabres, picked up an assist and his first career NHL point on the play.

The game went into the third tied 2-2, and Buffalo took the lead when Tyler Ennis fired a rebound shot off the post and in the net just 48 seconds in.

The team then killed a four-minute penalty but were unable to take back momentum.

Alexander Semin picked-up his second goal of the night, beating Jhonas Enroth high after a quick pass to the front of the net.

Former Sabre Andrej Sekera netted the game-winner mid-way through the period, beating Enroth five-hole with a slap-shot from the point.

Enroth made 28 saves on 33 shots in the loss.

Buffalo hits the road to play a red-hot Columbus Blue Jackets team on Saturday.

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