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NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Ottawa



(Saturday, November 12th)

Final Score: Ottawa 6, Buffalo 1

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Dany Heatley scored two goals and Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and two assists as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 6-1, at the Corel Centre.

Chris Neil, Jason Spezza and Mike Fisher tallied goals, and Ray Emery made 24 saves for the Senators, who have won five straight. Zdeno Chara added two assists for Ottawa, which continued its best start in franchise history by moving to 13-2 this season, including 10-0 against Northeast Division rivals.

Derek Roy scored the lone goal and Martin Biron stopped 31 of 37 shots for the Sabres, who lost for the fifth time in their last six games. Buffalo was outshot, 37-25, in the contest.

Ottawa drew first blood with 0.3 seconds remaining in the first period after Neil blasted a slap shot from the top of the right circle past Biron as a power play expired. Bryan Smolinski threw a cross-ice pass to Neil at the top of the circle and he blasted a one-timer that beat Biron glove side.

The Senators extended their lead 59 seconds into the second period after Alfredsson caromed a shot off the post and past Biron to make it 2-0. Alfredsson and Heatley went in 2-on-1, but instead of passing, Alfredsson held the puck and beat Biron stick side.

"In the first period it was a really tight game," Alfredsson said. "They played a hard game last night. We scored a goal with less than a second left that kind of takes the air out of them a bit and gave us momentum. We got off to a great start in the second and finished off the game."

Ottawa made it 3-0 just 16 seconds later after Heatley gained the blue line, got behind the Buffalo defense and beat Biron with a wrist shot from the left circle that entered the top corner of the net.

Heatley extended his franchise-record points streak to 15 games (15 goals and 13 assists). Heatley has posted a point in all 15 games this season. The streak is now the second-longest in NHL history from the start of a player's tenure with a team. Wayne Gretzky set the record with a point in the Kings' first 23 games after he joined the team (1988-89).

The Senators upped their lead to 4-0 just 5:15 into the second period while on the power play after Fisher poked a rebound over Biron. Chara blasted a slap shot from the high slot and Biron made a kick save, but the puck dribbled right to Fisher on the doorstep for the easy goal.

Ottawa continue to pull away from Buffalo after Heatley tallied his second goal of the game with 3:05 left in the second period. Heatley and Chara had a 2-on-1 shorthanded break on Biron and Chara slipped a backhand pass to Heatley, who one-timed it past Biron for a 5-0 lead.

Spezza extended Ottawa's lead just over five minutes into the third period after he deflected a shot past Biron stick side to make it 6-0. Brian Pothier wristed a shot on goal from the right point. The puck deflected off of a Sabres a defender to Spezza, who deflected it past Biron from the slot.

"We could have taken advantage of our earlier chances to give us some energy but instead we gave them a goal with less than one second left," Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff said. "We had two real big turnovers in the first two shifts that handed them two goals. We played them even in the first, we played them even in the third. When we implode, we really implode and we did but not on plays where they forced us."

Buffalo got on the scoreboard with 5:39 left in the game after Roy one-timed a shot past Emery from the doorstep. Dmitri Kalinin fed the puck to Roy from behind the Ottawa net to help Buffalo avoid the shutout.

Game Notes

Alfredsson has nine goals and 12 assists in an eight-game points streak...Spezza has three goals and 17 assists in an 11-game streak...Ottawa has outscored Buffalo, 21-5, in three games this season...In Buffalo's last meeting with Ottawa, a 10-4 loss Nov. 2, Biron yielded six goals on 19 shots. Mika Noronen gave up four goals on only 17 shots. Martin Havlat and Alfredsson both recorded the first four-goal game of their respective careers to lead the Sens' effort...The Sabres fell to 3-5-0 on the road, while the Senators improved to 7-1-0 at home...The Sens are 5-0 this month...With an assist, Wayne Redden got his 300th career point...Ottawa set a team record for the fastest three goals, starting at 19:59 of the first and ending at 1:15 of the second for 1:16. The previous record was 1:20...The Senators are 5-0 in Saturday games, having outscored their opponents 30-2 in the process.

11/12 23:31:50 ET


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