NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Ottawa|
(Saturday, February 7th)
Final Score: Ottawa 3, Buffalo 2 (SO)
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Mike Fisher notched the game-winner in the
fourth round of the shootout to lift Ottawa over Buffalo, 3-2, at Scotiabank
Fisher began the round by beating Ryan Miller with a backhander which hit the
net just under the crossbar, giving Ottawa a 3-2 edge in scores. Derek Roy had
a chance to continue the contest for Buffalo but shot high over the net to
clinch the win for the home team.
Nick Foligno and Antoine Vermette scored in regulation for the Senators, who
put the brakes on a four-game skid.
Brian Elliott stopped 28 shots for the win, his fifth of the season.
Adam Mair and Drew Stafford tallied for the Sabres, who saw their two-game win
Miller took the loss despite standing up to a 42-shot barrage and allowing
just two goals.
Ottawa picked up the game's first goal on the power play just after the midway
point of the middle period, as Foligno followed up Brendan Bell's shot for his
eighth of the season.
Vermette was awarded a goal retroactively near the end of the frame. His
blistering slapper from the left circle with 2:52 left hit the back bracing of
the net and bounced out so quickly that play resumed without a call. Following
the next stoppage almost a minute later, a review confirmed the shot was good
and the Sens were up 2-0.
Mair's deflection from the slot brought the Sabres within a goal 1:06 into the
third period, then Stafford broke free and slipped a shot past Elliott on the
power play for a 2-2 game at 7:25.
A scoreless overtime saw Miller make five saves and Elliott a pair to keep the
outcome of the game in doubt until the shootout.
Ottawa leads the season series, 2-1-0...The Sens improved to 2-5 in the
shootout, and the Sabres fell to 6-3...All five goals scored and seven of the
eight shots taken in the shootout came on the backhand...Sabres forward Thomas
Vanek left the game early in the second period with a facial injury and did
not return...Senators forward Chris Neil suffered an undisclosed injury late
in the second period and did not return.
02/07 22:25:15 ET