NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Buffalo
(Saturday, December 26th)
Final Score: Ottawa 3, Buffalo 2 (SO)
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Alex Kovalev notched the winner in the shootout, as Ottawa topped Buffalo, 3-2, at HSBC Arena.
Kovalev began the extra session with a nifty backhander under the crossbar, then Thomas Vanek's shot for Buffalo sailed wide. Mike Fisher followed with a goal, before Tim Connolly's wrister hit Pascal Leclaire in the pads to end the contest.
Ryan Shannon and Chris Neil tallied in regulation for the Senators, who snapped a two-game slide and beat the Sabres for the seventh straight time. Leclaire finished with 20 stops.
"I thought that overall we were pretty solid. In the first period we could have been up a couple goals," said Senators head coach Cory Clouston. "Miller's at the top of the league, not many better right now and we did our best to get shots on net."
Vanek and Jason Pominville scored for the Sabres, who have dropped four of six. Ryan Miller took the loss despite a 38-save performance.
Following a scoreless first period in which the Sens held a 19-1 shots advantage, Ottawa took the lead on even-strength goals by Shannon and Neil just 50 seconds apart in the first six minutes of the second.
Vanek's high slap shot from the right circle put Buffalo on the board with 2:45 left in the period, and Pominville tied the game with a hard shot from the left circle inside of a minute to go on a power play.
Neither team could net a winner through the third period and overtime.
"We had some opportunities to put pucks on net but we didn't do it," lamented Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff. "We're just doing things too slowly. The speed of the team is puck movement and it hasn't been good enough."
The Senators haven't lost to the Sabres since January 6, 2009 in Buffalo, winning the final four meetings last season and the first three in 2009-2010...Prior to the game, the Sens revealed that captain Daniel Alfredsson will miss 4-to-6 weeks with a separated left shoulder suffered during Wednesday's loss in Pittsburgh...Sabres center Derek Roy suffered an upper-body injury in the third period and will not play Sunday night against the Blues.
12/27 02:30:32 ET