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Ward makes 18 saves as Hurricanes beat Sabres 1-0 in preseason finale

Carolina Hurricanes' Patrick Dwyer (39) shoots as Buffalo Sabres' Tyler Myers (57) defends during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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Carolina Hurricanes' Patrick Dwyer (39) shoots as Buffalo Sabres' Tyler Myers (57) defends during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

RALEIGH, N.C. - Cam Ward made 18 saves to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Buffalo Sabres 1-0 on Friday night in their preseason finale.

Patrick Dwyer had the only goal, snapping a wrist shot past Ryan Miller from a sharp angle in the second period. Jordan Staal and Ron Hainsey each had an assist.

Miller made 29 saves for the Sabres.

The Hurricanes finished with a 3-3-0 record in the preseason, winning their final three games. Carolina will open the regular season next Friday at home against Detroit.

Buffalo went 4-2-1 in the preseason, losing three of its last four. The Sabres also begin the season against the Red Wings, travelling to Detroit on Wednesday.

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