NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Ottawa
(Saturday, October 8th)
Final Score: Ottawa 5, Buffalo 0
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Dany Heatley scored his first two goals with the Senators and Wade Redden had a goal and two assists to lead Ottawa over the Buffalo Sabres, 5-0, at the Corel Centre.
Dominik Hasek made 35 saves to record his first shutout of the season for Ottawa, which was playing its home opener after winning its season opener at Toronto in a shootout. Hasek, in his first season with the Senators, registered his 64th career shutout.
Heatley, who was acquired from Atlanta in an offseason trade, also had an assist and Jason Spezza added a goal and an assist for the Senators, who recorded three power-play goals, one short-handed tally and another at even strength.
Ryan Miller stopped 30 shots for the Sabres, who suffered their first loss in three games this season.
Spezza got the Sens on the board at the 14:54 mark of the first period. After the puck redirected off the skate of teammate Brandon Bochenski, Spezza only had to tap the puck into the net for a 1-0 edge.
The Senators took a 2-0 lead in the second period on one of the strangest goals you'll see. Following a face off in their offensive zone, Redden controlled puck at the left point and attempted to send the puck down the boards towards the corner.
However, the puck appeared to deflect a number of times before Heatley was given credit for the goal. Initially, Chris Neil was given the goal, but it was later changed to Heatley.
Three third-period goals secured the victory for Ottawa. Martin Havlat's short-handed goal 4:41 into the period made it a three-goal game.
Redden recorded his first goal of the young campaign just over three minutes later and Heatley scored his first goal in a Senators' uniform with 2:10 remaining. Both goals came on the power play.
Buffalo finished 0-for-7 on the power play.
Buffalo was trying to start a season 3-0 for the first time since the lockout shortened 1994-95 season...Ottawa moved to 7-3-3 all-time in home openers...Buffalo had scored 10 goals total in the first two games.
10/09 00:21:21 ET