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
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
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.
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