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Hurricanes’ Patrick Dwyer dances past pair of Sabres defensemen, scores gorgeous backhanded goal

Heading into Monday’s action against Buffalo, Hurricanes winger Patrick Dwyer had scored 41 goals in 412 career NHL regular-season games. But his fifth goal of the current campaign – in which he deftly stickhandled past two Sabres defenders before roofing a backhand goal past Anders Lindback – may well be the prettiest one he ever scores.

The Carolina Hurricanes and Patrick Dwyer don’t have a lot left to look forward to this season, but the Canes and the veteran right winger received a boost of confidence Monday night when he craftily stickhandled around a pair of Sabres defenders and scored a beautiful backhanded goal on Buffalo’s Anders Lindback.

The Canes were down 4-0 in Buffalo late in the second frame when Dwyer – who had scored only four goals and 11 points in 67 games heading into Monday’s action – picked up the puck along the boards in the Sabres’ zone, danced between two Buffalo players, then roofed a backhander over Lindback’s right shoulder:

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In 413 career regular-season NHL games over the past seven seasons, Dwyer has scored 42 times, and it’s unlikely he’ll ever score a more eye-popping one than that.