NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Buffalo |
(Wednesday, March 3rd)
Final Score: Buffalo 4, Ottawa 3
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Miroslav Satan scored the go-ahead goal on a
power play in the third period and Chris Drury added two tallies, as the
Buffalo Sabres skated past the Ottawa Senators 4-3 at HSBC Arena.
Martin Biron stopped 31 shots for Buffalo, which snapped a four-game losing
streak. Maxim Afinogenov added a goal for the Sabres, who are now 5-1-1 in
their last seven home games. Satan also chipped in two assists in the triumph.
Patrick Lalime stopped 23 shots for Ottawa, which is only 2-4-1 in its last
seven road games. The Senators travel to Philadelphia to battle the Flyers on
Friday night. Daniel Alfredsson scored twice and Marian Hossa added a tally
in the setback.
After Josh Langfeld was called for tripping at 10:36 the Sabres took advantage
with the extra skater. Jochen Hecht gathered a loose puck in the Ottawa zone
and fired a pass to Satan, who one-timed a low blast from just outside the
right face off circle toward the net. The puck deflected off the back skate of
Ottawa's Wade Redden and into the net, making it a 4-3 game with 7:45
Peter Bondra had a golden opportunity to get the equalizer for Ottawa with
under a minute remaining. Biron, though, made a sprawling glove save at the
doorstep to preserve the win.
Drury netted two first-period goals to stake Buffalo to a 2-1 edge heading
into the second period.
"As long as we're still in it, we're going to keep fighting and clawing," said
Drury about the Sabres slim chances in the playoff race.
His first tally came off a shot from just inside the slot. Lalime made an
awkward save falling backwards into the cage. The puck went off his shoulder
and trickled down his back, slipping into the net at 10:36 of the stanza.
Ottawa knotted the contest moments later on Alfredsson's first tally of the
game. Alfredsson was positioned in the right face off circle and slipped a
pass back to trailing Redden, who ripped a one-timer on net. The puck
rebounded off Biron's pad and Alfredsson stuffed home the rebound at 11:24 of
While on the power play, Satan set up Drury's second goal of the game. Satan
skated with the puck down the right boards, waited patiently to draw several
Ottawa players toward him. Satan spotted Drury in the left face off circle and
pushed a cross-ice pass to him. Drury one-timed a low shot that beat Lalime
glove-side with just 10 seconds left in the period, making it 2-1.
The Senators responding by scoring two unanswered goals in the span of 43
seconds to forge ahead 3-2 in the second. Hossa one-timed a blast from just
outside the slot, beating Biron glove-side at 14:42 of the stanza.
"We knew it was a big game," said Ottawa forward Mike Fisher. "We have to
start winning and create some space, but it's tough."
Alfredsson followed with his second tally of the game, giving Ottawa a one-
goal advantage at 15:25. It appeared that Biron made a clean save on
Alfredsson's blue line blast, but the puck managed to slip between the
netminder's legs and into the net.
However, Buffalo tied the contest just 26 seconds later. Derek Roy slipped a
gorgeous backhanded pass between two Ottawa defensemen on an odd-man rush to
Afinogenov. The winger gathered the puck, made several dekes, going to the
backhand and beating Lalime stick-side at 15:51 of the period.
Drury was renamed captain of the Sabres for the month of March...Satan has 25
tallies for Buffalo this season...Hossa extended his point streak to six games
(3 goals, 4 assists)...Alfredsson has 28 goals on the season for
Ottawa...Buffalo finished 2-for-4 on the power play.
03/04 00:37:16 ET