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Sabres finish preseason with loss to Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Buffalo Sabres’ final dress rehearsal before the start of the new season wasn’t a triumphant experience.

Patrick Dwyer’s short-handed goal early in the second period gave the Carolina Hurricanes the lead for keeps as the Sabres closed their preseason schedule with a 1-0 loss Friday night at PNC Arena.

Ryan Miller got the start in goal for the Sabres and was very sharp, turning aside 29-of-30 shots.

Buffalo finishes the preseason 4-2-1 and opens the regular season on Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena against Detroit at 8 p.m. in an Atlantic Division matchup.

The Sabres went with an experienced lineup Friday night with Thomas Vanek, Cody Hodgson, Drew Stafford, Steve Ott, Tyler Ennis and Christian Ehrhoff among the regulars suiting up.

It didn’t matter as Buffalo got off to a slow start. The Sabres managed only seven shots on goal through the first 40 minutes and finished with 18 against Cam Ward. Buffalo went 0 for 4 on the power play and gave up the game winner while on the man advantage. Dwyer scored at 2:39 of the second period off assists from Jordan Staal and Ron Hainsey.

Rookie Nikita Zadorov reportedly suffered a hand injury in the game; his status is not yet known.