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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."

Game Notes

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 games.

05/15 02:19:56 ET


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