NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Ottawa
(Tuesday, March 17th)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Buffalo 2
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Brendan Bell scored two of the three Ottawa power-play goals as the Senators held off the Buffalo Sabres, 4-2, at Scotiabank Place.
Daniel Alfredsson chipped in with a goal and an assist, while Dany Heatley also lit the lamp for Ottawa, which was coming off a 4-3 shootout win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. The Senators have won six of seven overall. Filip Kuba dished out three helpers in the win.
Brian Elliott stopped 11-of-13 shots between the pipes for Ottawa.
Jason Pominville had a goal and an assist, and Toni Lydman added a marker for the Sabres, who have dropped six in a row on the road.
Mikael Tellqvist allowed four goals on 36 shots for Buffalo, which hasn't won on the road since a victory in Toronto on February 17.
Tellqvist was making his first start since being acquired by Buffalo from Phoenix at the NHL trade deadline on March 4.
With the score deadlocked at 2-2 after two periods, the Sens capitalized on a power-play opportunity 3 1/2 minutes into the third when Alfredsson finished off a two-on-one with Jason Spezza.
Bell's blast from the point with Ottawa on the man advantage gave the hosts a 4-2 lead with 8:34 left.
Buffalo was only able to muster six low percentage shots in the third and the Senators claimed the two-goal victory.
Lydman opened the scoring 4:02 into the contest when the blueliner fired a slap shot past a screened Elliott to give the Sabres the early lead.
Pominville then finished off a nice give-and-go with Thomas Vanek with 3:58 left in the stanza to put Buffalo in front 2-0, an advantage the visitors would take into the intermission.
Ottawa, though, quickly came back to tie things with a pair of goals in the early stages of the second.
First it was Heatley lighting the lamp at 1:30 of the period when he took a feed from Spezza and put it home from in close.
Bell's power-play blast from the right circle beat Tellqvist to the stick side at 6:07 to even things at 2-2.
Ottawa will host Montreal on Thursday, while the Sabres welcome Philadelphia to Buffalo on Friday...The Sabres have been outscored 25-11 during their six- game road skid and fell to 14-16-5 as the visiting team this season...The Senators improved to 18-12-6 as the hosts...Ottawa has won nine of the last 12 contests in the series, including eight of the last 10 at Scotiabank Place.
03/17 22:35:29 ET