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NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Buffalo



(Tuesday, December 23rd)

Final Score: Ottawa 2, Buffalo 2

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Todd White and Antoine Vermette scored goals in a 29-second span late in the second period, lifting the Ottawa Senators to a 2-2 tie with the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena.

Patrick Lalime made 36 saves for the Senators, who had a three-game winning streak stopped. Ottawa is 7-2-2 in its last 11.

Derek Roy and J.P. Dumont scored for Buffalo, which snapped a seven-game losing streak and earned a point for the first time since a 3-2 victory over Chicago on December 3. Mika Noronen finished with 31 saves.

The Senators, trailing 2-0, finally beat Noronen with 1:01 left in the second period when White scored his fourth goal. He picked up the puck behind the net from Peter Schaefer, skated into the low right circle and lifted a shot over Noronen's left shoulder.

Ottawa came right back off the ensuing faceoff and scored again with just 32 seconds remaining in the stanza. Chris Neil fed a pass to Vermette, who skated into the right circle and snapped a shot that hit the far post before going into the net for his third goal.

Buffalo dominated the third period, outshooting Ottawa 14-5.

The Sabres were given a power play with 1:42 remaining in the third when Zdeno Chara was whistled off for elbowing, but could not convert and finished 0- for-4 with the extra skater.

Buffalo also had the better of the play in overtime, but Lalime stopped all five shots he faced.

Lalime made a great save on a backhander by Roy with 3:15 left in the extra period, then came up with a pad save on Miroslav Satan in the closing seconds. Satan skated in alone on Lalime after Ottawa defenseman Chris Phillips fanned on a pass deep in his own zone.

The Sabres took a 1-0 lead with 3:12 left in the opening period on Roy's first NHL goal. James Patrick had the puck at the right point, faked a shot and skated in a few strides before sending a pass into the slot. Roy gained control and backhanded a shot past Lalime.

Dumont made it 2-0 just 1:05 into the second period. Jochen Hecht's hustle forced Ottawa defenseman Karel Rachunek into a turnover in his own zone. Dumont picked the puck off the right boards, skated to the faceoff dot and ripped a shot past Lalime for his 11th goal.

Game Notes

Buffalo had a two-goal lead for the first time since December 3...The Sabres have scored two goals or less in each of their last eight games...Ottawa is 3-0-2 in its last five road games.

12/23 21:54:59 ET


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