Hecht had two goals and Biron made 37 saves, helping the Sabres erase a two-goal deficit and beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 Sunday for a rare comeback win.
Entering the game, the Sabres were 4-18-2 when they allowed the first goal, and 1-12-1 when trailing after the first period. But none of that mattered Sunday as the Sabres took advantage of mistakes by Carolina goaltender Jamie Storr.
“It doesn’t happen very often,” Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. “It would’ve been an easy game to go the other way, but we came back.”
Roy’s second goal of the season gave the Sabres the lead and sent Carolina to its fourth straight home loss.
After a turnover by defenseman Bruno St. Jacques in the Carolina zone, Bartovic shot on Storr, who made the save but failed to control the puck. Roy pushed the rebound into the left side of the net at 5:15 for a 3-2 lead.
It was just one of three goals that came off miscues by Storr.
The Sabres scored twice off rebounds. Bartovic scored Buffalo’s first goal off a shot by Andy Delmore, poking the puck past Storr at 3:55 of the second period.
Hecht scored an insurance goal when he stole Storr’s pass along the boards and beat the goaltender back to the net at 18:31 of the third.
Storr, the backup to Kevin Weekes, took responsibility for the loss.
“If I had made key saves at key times, there’s no way we should’ve come out of this game without at least a tie and we should’ve had a win,” Storr said.
Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette didn’t blame his goaltender.
“We’re not here to try hard. We’ve got to win games,” he said. “So I’m failing miserably, the players are failing miserably. And our fans are coming out and waiting for something to cheer about, and we’re failing miserably at that as well.”
Carolina charged to an early lead when Cole took Radim Vrbata’s pass from behind the net and beat Biron from the left side at 4:06 of the first.
The Hurricanes led 2-0 on Adams’ short-handed goal early in the second. After racing up the ice on a turnover, he hesitated on the shot to let a sprawled-out Delmore slide by before beating Biron at 2:14.
The Sabres closed the gap with Bartovic’s goal, and Hecht tied it midway through the period, sidestepping defender Niclas Wallin and scoring on a shot from the left circle.
“When your goaltender is on his game, it really helps a lot,” Roy said.“You can rely on him, take more chances and it lets you play harder.”
Buffalo left winger Eric Boulton left in the first period with an injured left shoulder and did not return. … The Sabres improved to 4-5-2 in the second of back-to-back games. … Buffalo finished a five-game road trip 2-3. … Carolina has not won at home since beating the New York Rangers 3-2 on Jan. 8. … Only 7,596 fans attended the game after a winter storm that dumpedsnow and sleet on much of the state.