By John Vogl
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Sabres were universal in saying what caused their 6-3 loss to Carolina on Thursday night.
"We didn’t do the right things with the puck," Tyler Ennis said.
"It comes down to being better with the puck," Jason Pominville added.
"We didn’t take very good care of the puck," coach Lindy Ruff said.
Cody Hodgson said it, too, but you get the point.
It doesn't help when the top line of Hodgson, Pominville and Thomas Vanek is on the ice for five of six goals against. They also scored all three, with Pominville (two) and Hodgson each running their totals to three for the season. Vanek had two assists to bring his total to six.
"That line has played well for us," Ruff said. "They made some great plays and have done the bulk of our scoring, but at the same time they were on for quite a few."
Nathan Gerbe had a rough return from offseason back surgery. He got boarded in the first period by Drayson Bowman.
"That’s something that made me go in for the back surgery from the start," Gerbe said. “I’m expecting to be sore. Right now it’s not too bad, but I’m sure tomorrow it’ll be a different story.”