NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Ottawa
(Saturday, March 7th)
Final Score: Ottawa 6, Buffalo 3
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Daniel Alfredsson and Nick Foligno both scored twice, as the Ottawa Senators doubled up the Buffalo Sabres, 6-3, at Scotiabank Place.
Chris Kelly and Chris Campoli both registered a goal and an assist for the Senators, who have won two in a row. Brian Elliott turned aside 27 shots in the win.
Drew Stafford, Thomas Vanek and Jochen Hecht each notched a power-play goal for the Sabres, who have lost four of their last six games. Toni Lydman collected two assists and Patrick Lalime surrendered all six goals on 36 shots in defeat.
For the third time in the game, Buffalo erased a one-goal deficit. While on the power play, Hecht had his wraparound bid deflect off the goaltender's stick and dribbled across the goal line, tying the score at 3-3 at the 8:16 mark of the third period.
The game was tied for only a moment, as Campoli's offering from the outside of the left circle found the back of the net at 9:35.
Foligno gave Ottawa its first two-goal lead, tapping home a pass from Ryan Shannon on an odd-man rush with 4:44 left.
Alfredsson's second tally of the night less than two minutes later sealed the visitors' fate
Each club capitalized on a power play in the first period.
Alfredsson's wrister from the left circle snuck in on the short side of Lalime at 4:44, then Stafford responded for Buffalo. Craig Rivet's cross-ice pass was slowed by an Ottawa player, but the puck retained enough momentum to reach Stafford and the former first round pick used a quick release to beat Elliott with 9:22 to play.
Ottawa regained the lead when Kelly's one-timer from the high slot eluded Lalime at 10:46 of the second period, but Vanek knotted the game on the power play with 1:45 remaining in the frame.
Foligno restored the advantage 73 seconds later when he went to the front of the net and stuffed Mike Fisher's feed from behind the enemy cage.
Shannon and Fisher both recorded two assists...Ottawa has won four of the five encounters with Buffalo this season...The Sabres have dropped seven of nine and 11 of their last 15 at Ottawa.
03/07 22:08:12 ET