NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Buffalo
(Friday, October 22nd)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Buffalo 2
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Daniel Alfredsson completed a hat trick and recorded his 1,000th career point with an empty-net goal in the final minute, sealing the Ottawa Senators' 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
The 37-year-old Swede, who has spent his entire 15-season career with Ottawa, recorded his eighth career hat trick.
Ryan Shannon also scored for the Senators, who have won their last five games in Buffalo. Brian Elliott made 34 saves, including 20 in the third period, to help Ottawa snap a two-game slide. He's 9-0-0 all-time against Buffalo.
Tim Connolly scored both goals for Buffalo, which fell to 2-5-1 this season. Ryan Miller allowed three goals on 31 shots in the setback.
"We weren't as good with the puck, made some poor puck decisions," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "Some of our decisions between the blue lines weren't very good."
It was a 2-2 game nearing the midpoint of the second period when Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson backhanded a short pass through Connolly's legs near the edge of the Buffalo zone along the boards.
Alfredsson sped up the right side of the ice, unwinding a slap shot from the circle that also pushed the stick of Sabres center Cody McCormick, who dove to try to stop the puck. The shot beat Miller to the stick side for a 3-2 Senators advantage with 9:16 left in the frame, and Elliott made the lead stick.
The Sabres pressured the visiting netminder in the final few minutes of the third period, but suffered a setback when Steve Montador took an interference penalty with 1:11 to go.
After a faceoff in the Buffalo end, the Sabres pulled Miller once more and generated some chances. But Alfredsson gained the puck in the neutral zone and completed his hat trick with 22 seconds left by backhanding a rolling puck into the empty cage.
Alfredsson began the scoring with a power-play tally 11:54 into the game, when he tipped in Karlsson's shot from above the right circle.
A little more than two minutes later, Connolly snapped a shot from the high slot that floated about a foot off the ice, making its way through traffic and Elliott to tie the game.
Shannon put Ottawa back on top 3:27 into the middle period, but Connolly's blast from above the right circle 1:18 later got under Elliott's stick.
Alfredsson is the 75th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 career points. He is the franchise leader in goals (379), assists (621) and games played (1,008)...Sergei Gonchar also had two assists for the Senators, who improved to 2-4-1 this season...The Sabres have dropped all five of their home games so far. Buffalo hadn't done that since 1993-94, when it lost its first seven at home.
10/23 01:33:31 ET