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.
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