NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Ottawa
(Monday, November 17th)
Final Score: Buffalo 2, Ottawa 1
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - J.P. Dumont and James Patrick scored 14 seconds apart early in the third period to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators at the Corel Centre. Martin Biron made 23 saves for the Sabres, who won for just the second time in seven games (2-2-2-1).
Wade Redden scored the lone goal for Ottawa, which has lost two straight after winning two in a row. The Senators are just 2-5-2 in their last nine overall and only 1-4-2 in their last seven at home.
Ottawa goaltender Martin Prusek stopped 23 shots.
After 40 scoreless minutes, Buffalo found the back of the net on its first two shots of the third.
Dumont scored his fourth goal of the season at the 1:52 mark. Daniel Briere had the puck behind the Ottawa net and made a pass from the right post to the top of the crease for Dumont, who quickly snapped a shot past Prusek on the stick side.
Moments later, Maxim Afinogenov took advantage of an Ottawa turnover at center ice and raced into the Senators zone along the left wing. He fed a pass across to Patrick, who rifled a shot from the top of the slot past Prusek.
Patrick has just two goals this season, both against Ottawa.
Ottawa cashed in a power play just over two minutes later to pull within one. Todd White and Martin Havlat did the work in the right corner and White sent a pass to the top of the crease for an unchecked Redden, who flipped a shot past Biron for his third goal of the campaign.
Redden has three goals in his last three games. Each of Ottawa's last eight goals have come on the power play.
The Senators were given another power play with 2:27 remaining when Adam Mair went off for tripping. Ottawa pulled Prusek in the final minute for a brief 6- on-4 skating advantage, but could not beat Biron.
The goaltenders kept the game scoreless through two periods. Prusek made 12 saves in the first and seven in the second, while Biron turned aside six shots in the first and 11 in the second.
Ottawa fell to 0-6 in one-goal games...The Senators, who dropped a 3-2 decision against Montreal on Saturday, have lost back-to-back home games in regulation for the first time since December 23-27, 2000...These teams skated to a 1-1 tie on November 1 in Ottawa...Buffalo's Jochen Hecht notched an assist in his season debut after breaking his left arm in a pre-season game.
11/17 22:32:55 ET