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NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Buffalo

(Wednesday, February 7th)

Final Score: Buffalo 3, Ottawa 2

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Thomas Vanek scored two goals, including the game-winner with four minutes remaining to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators in a Northeast Division battle at HSBC Arena.

Maxim Afinogenov scored the other goal while Martin Biron stopped 28 shots for the Sabres, who have won four of their last five games.

Peter Schaefer and Dean McAmmond each scored a goal and Ray Emery made 34 saves for the Senators, who have dropped three of their last four games.

The game was tied throughout much of the third period after Ottawa made it 2-2 early in the stanza, but Buffalo grabbed the lead with four minutes left when Ales Kotalik sent a shot on net from the top of the right circle that went wide, but Vanek redirected it past Emery for a 3-2 lead.

A tripping penalty by Mike Fisher with 2:35 to play effectively killed any chance Ottawa had of tying the game.

In a ceremony before the game, retired defenseman Phil Housley was inducted into Buffalo's Hall of Fame. Drafted sixth overall by Buffalo in 1982, Housley played eight seasons with the Sabres and still the team's top-scoring defenseman with 558 points. The St. Paul, MN native hung up the skates in 2003 with 1,232 points (338 goals, 894 assists), most among American-born players.

Buffalo kept Emery busy as they peppered him with 15 shots in the first period, but the goaltender turned aside all the rubber he saw. Ottawa managed eight shots on net as the teams headed into the second period scoreless.

The Sabres then grabbed a 1-0 lead thanks to a miscue by Ottawa. Anton Volchenkov received a pass at his own blueline on the left side and attempted to get it to his defenseman, but Vanek read the play perfectly and intercepted the puck. He skated to the right side and banked the disc off the left post and into the net 11:21 into the second.

Ottawa got the goal back 41 seconds later when Joe Corvo blasted the puck from the right circle on the rush. Biron made the save, but he was unable to corral the rebound and McAmmond banged it into the open net for his sixth goal of the season.

However, Buffalo took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission when Derek Roy sent a pass from the left wing to the top of the right circle where Afinogenov one-timed it over the glove of Emery with 2:23 left in the frame.

The Senators tied the game quickly in the third period. After the puck bounced off of several bodies in the slot, Schaefer banged it in from the right side of the net 3:35 in.

Game Notes

Buffalo hosts Calgary on Saturday...The Senators host the Canadiens on Thursday...It was McAmmond's first goal in 15 games...Ottawa had won four straight against Buffalo coming into the game. The Senators lead the season- series, 4-2...Each team went 1-for-4 on the power play.

02/07 23:05:30 ET

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