NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Buffalo |
(Wednesday, November 2nd)
Final Score: Ottawa 10, Buffalo 4
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Martin Havlat and Daniel Alfredsson both
recorded the first four-goal game of their careers and Dany Heatley added two
more goals as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 10-4, at HSBC
It was Havlat's first game back after serving a five-game suspension for
kicking Bruins' defenseman Hall Gill. It was also the fifth time in both
Alfredsson's and Havlat's careers that they recorded a hat trick.
Jason Spezza recorded four assists, Alfredsson and Peter Schaefer had two
assists each and Ray Emery made 33 saves for the Senators, who won for the
third time in their last four games.
Jay McKee, Chris Drury and Ales Kotalik each scored goals for the Sabres, who
have lost three of their last four games.
Mika Noronen stopped 13-of-17 shots he faced in relief of Martin Biron, who
was pulled midway through the first period after giving up three goals on six
shots. Biron returned to start the third period and finished with 13 saves.
Ottawa jumped out to a 5-0 lead after Havlat and Heatley alternated scoring
first-period goals. Heatley broke the ice just 34 seconds into the game,
beating Biron short-side for a 1-0 lead. Havlat then beat Biron with a wrist
shot 2:39 later and after Heatley poked his own rebound past Biron for his
second goal of the game, Ottawa had a 3-0 lead.
Havlat beat Noronen with a backhand glove-side with 6:06 left in the first
period and he netted the hat trick early in the second stanza after he skated
into the slot and flipped a wrist shot on goal that beat Noronen stick-side
Buffalo finally got on the scoreboard with 6:14 gone in the second after McKee
wristed a shot past Emery from the high slot through traffic to make it 5-1.
Buffalo continued to claw its way back into the game after Drury jammed the
puck past Emery stick-side low midway through the second and, less than three
minutes later, Kotalik beat Emery glove-side with a wrist shot from the right
circle to make it 5-3.
But Ottawa would score two quick goals at the end of the second frame to
reestablish a four-goal advantage. Havlat unleashed a wrist shot that beat
Noronen glove-side low from the left circle to make it 6-3 and Alfredsson made
it 7-3 a minute and a half later after beating Noronen high to the glove-side
on a breakaway.
Alfredsson tallied three more third-period goals, the second of which came
from Heatley on a two-on-one break, to make it 9-3. After Buffalo got a goal
back while on the power play with 5:59 remaining in the third period when
Daniel Briere one-timed a shot past Emery to make it 9-4, Alfredsson scored on
his second breakaway of the game with four minutes left to cap the scoring.
Former Sabres' netminder Dominik Hasek, who did not play, made his home debut
for the Senators on October 8th, turned aside 35 shots for his 64th career
shutout in a 5-0 win over the Sabres. The 40-year-old Hasek had a team-record
55 shutouts with Buffalo, and posted his second in an Ottawa uniform on
Saturday in an 8-0 win at Toronto. He moved within one shutout of Patrick Roy
for 13th on the NHL's all-time list (66)...The Senators improved to 5-1-0 on
the road this season, while the Sabres fell to 4-2-0 at home...Heatley
extended his team record by posting a point in his 11th straight game to start
the season. He has tallied 10 goals and 11 assists during the tear...Biron was
pulled with 7:27 gone in the first period after giving up three goals on six
shots...Kotalik has six goals in his last six games...Spezza's four assists
were a career high...Ryan Miller did not play due to a thumb injury suffered
in the morning skate...It was the first time Buffalo allowed two four-goal
scorers in the same game...The 10 goals allowed at home was a new franchise
high. The Sabres lost 11-2 at Montreal in 1970...Alfredsson and Havlat both
recorded natural hat tricks.
11/02 22:00:56 ET