NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Ottawa
(Saturday, April 8th)
Final Score: Buffalo 6, Ottawa 2
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Tim Connolly tallied two goals and an assist as the Buffalo Sabres cruised past the Ottawa Senators, 6-2, at Scotiabank Place.
Chris Drury, Taylor Pyatt, Jay McKee and Dmitri Kalinin all lit the lamp for the Sabres, who are now six points behind Ottawa for the Northeast Division lead. Ryan Miller conceded just two goals on 34 shots in the win.
Patrick Eaves and Daniel Alfredsson each tallied goals for the Senators, who remain tied atop the Eastern Conference with Carolina, which lost to Atlanta on Saturday. The Senators got shaky play from their backstops as starter Ray Emery stopped 18-of-22 shots before being pulled at 6:19 of the second period following Buffalo's fourth goal. Mike Morrison replaced Emery and allowed two goals on nine shots.
Buffalo got on the board first as Drury tallied his 26th goal of the year just 1:17 into the game. Following an Ottawa turnover in its own zone, Mike Grier snapped a shot from the high slot that Emery got a pad on. However, Drury was positioned in the left circle and backhanded the carom between the pads of the Ottawa netminder, giving Buffalo an early 1-0 lead.
Eaves tied things up at the 14:19 mark with his 19th goal of the season. Daniel Alfredsson slid a pass from the left corner to Eaves, who found himself all alone in front of the Buffalo net. Eaves one-timed the pass past the outstretched glove of Miller, tying the game at 1-1. However, the Sabres regained the lead only 1:27 later as Connolly worked a nice give-and-go with Maxim Afinogenov in the left circle. Connolly took the return pass and faked a forehand shot before transferring the puck to his backhand, beating Emery five-hole.
The Sabres scored two goals in the opening 6:19 of the second period as Pyatt smoked a wrist shot from the top of the left circle that beat a screened Emery glove side. The second goal of the frame came as Thomas Vanek slid a pass towards McKee, who was cutting towards the net. The puck deflected off the skate of McKee and past Emery, making the score 4-1.
Ottawa got a goal back at the 7:13 mark as Jason Spezza threw a pass through the slot to a cutting Alfredsson, who one-timed it past the outstretched glove of Miller, cutting the lead to 4-2. However, with 5:10 to play in the period, Buffalo caught the Ottawa forwards pinching in deep and converted a 4-on-2 counter attack as Kalinin one-timed a pass from Connolly in the left circle that beat Morrison stick side for a 5-2 Sabres lead.
Connolly scored the lone goal of the third period and his second of the game he stuffed a rebound past Morrison that accounted for the final score.
Despite the loss, Ottawa has won five of the eight meetings between the two teams this season...The Senators lost their third straight game on Saturday, their longest losing streak of the season...Buffalo tied a franchise record by picking up its 23rd road win of the season...Afinogenov had two assists for Buffalo.
04/08 22:23:44 ET