NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Ottawa|
(Monday, May 14th)
Final Score: Ottawa 1, Buffalo 0
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators are now just one win away
from their first Stanley Cup finals berth in team history. Daniel Alfredsson
scored the lone goal of the game in the second period and Ottawa
suffocated the potent Buffalo offense to win, 1-0, and take a commanding lead
in the Eastern Conference finals.
Ray Emery needed to make just 15 saves for his third shutout of the playoffs
for the Senators, who are up 3-0 in the series and will go for the sweep on
Wednesday in Ottawa.
"Everyone has stuck to the game plan to a man pretty much throughout the
playoffs, and that's the reason for the success," said Emery.
Buffalo, winners of the Presidents' Trophy with the best regular-season record
in the NHL, was once again done in by its power play. The Sabres went 0-for-6
with the man-advantage on Monday and have yet to score in 18 power play
opportunities against the Senators.
"It's going to take something special, but I think you have to believe," said
Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff of the team's chances at a comeback. "You have to
go back to situations during the year, and I think we had situations during
the year where we were able to put together some tremendous streaks, and we
have to put one together now."
Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller kept Buffalo in the game with 31 saves.
The Senators came out strong to start the game, but Miller was up for the task
in the opening period, turning aside all 13 Ottawa shots. The Sabres,
meanwhile, mustered only four shots on net in the first.
Ottawa, though, finally got to Miller with 6:20 left in the second period.
Jason Spezza, from the left point, fed the puck to Dany Heatley at the right
circle. Heatley unleashed a heavy slap shot that went wide of the net, off the
backboards, off Miller and into the crease. Alfredsson was there to finish off
the goal and put Ottawa in front.
"I was just going to the front, maybe waiting for a bounce, and it came right
in front," said Alfredsson.
The Sabres hurt themselves in the third period with three penalties, including
Dmitri Kalinin's delay of game penalty at the 11:31 mark.
A Chris Neil high-sticking call gave Buffalo a power play with just over five
minutes to play, but Buffalo was unable to get anything started. For the game,
the Sabres registered just one shot on their six power play chances.
Buffalo pulled Miller for an extra attacker with time running down, but Emery
and the Senators held on.
"We respect the other team very much," said Alfredsson. "I don't think we're
taking anything for granted. I think every game is a new game, and that's the
way we've got to approach it."
Only two teams have come back from a 3-0 deficit in the playoffs: the 1942
Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders...Ottawa finished 0-for-7
on the power play...It was Alfredsson's fifth-game winning goal of the
playoffs. He has scored a goal in five straight playoff games and owns a
seven-game point streak overall...Heatley extended his point streak to nine
05/15 02:19:56 ET