Final Score: Ottawa 2, Buffalo 0
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Craig Anderson stopped 42 shots to notch his
second shutout of the season and 21st of his career, as the Ottawa Senators
blanked the Buffalo Sabres, 2-0, on Tuesday at Scotiabank Place.
Erik Karlsson and Erik Condra each scored once for the Senators, who had lost
two straight and four of their last five coming in.
Ryan Miller stopped 29-of-31 shots in Buffalo's second consecutive setback.
"We can't put ourselves in that position," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said of
his team giving up eight power plays. "It's too much ice time."
After a scoreless first period, the Sabres had a prime opportunity to register
the game's first goal after Ottawa defenseman Marc Methot was whistled for
tripping at the 13:53 mark of the second, but it was Ottawa who broke through
on the penalty kill.
Milan Michalek came up with a loose puck near the red line and carried it down
the left wing before sliding a pass to the right circle for Karlsson, who
rifled a shot past Miller to make it 1-0 at the 15:20 mark.
Ottawa added to its lead just under two minutes later when Condra pounded in a
rebound off a Sergei Gonchar blast from the right point to make it 2-0 with
2:46 left in the second.
Anderson was tested mightily in the final frame, but the Ottawa netminder
turned away all 15 shots he faced to keep the shutout intact.
"It was just great to get the two points," Anderson said. "The guys in front
are doing a great job of boxing out and cleaning up any mess in front and
allowed me to see the puck most of the time."
Buffalo center Jochen Hecht appeared in 800th career game, while defenseman
Jordan Leopold played in his 600th career game ... Ottawa has won five of the
last six matchups against Buffalo, including a 4-2 decision in Ottawa on Feb.
5 ... Ottawa finished 0-for-8 on the power play, while Buffalo failed on all
four of its tries with the man advantage.
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