NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Buffalo
(Wednesday, November 15th)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Buffalo 2
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Jason Spezza and Peter Schaefer each scored third-period goals as the Ottawa Senators rallied to down the Buffalo Sabres, 4-2, at HSBC Arena.
Chris Phillips added a critical empty-net marker in the final minute and Chris Neil also lit the lamp for the Senators, who had dropped seven of their last eight coming in.
Mike Fisher added two assists while Ray Emery came up with 27 saves.
"I think it was a really big win, not so much the points in the standings, just to get back on a positive track, get the feeling we can win close games like that especially against a good team," Emery said.
Thomas Vanek and Daniel Briere each had a goal for Buffalo, which had a four- game winning streak snapped and suffered just its second loss on the season. Martin Biron had 19 saves in the defeat.
"We sensed that they were coming hard, they were playing well, they were moving the puck really well," said Biron.
Ottawa used a pair of deflection goals in the third period to erase a one-goal deficit and assume a 3-2 edge.
With the Senators skating on the power play, Andrej Meszaros wristed a shot from the point that caromed off of Spezza before slipping past Biron and in at the 6:32 mark.
About six minutes later, Daniel Alfredsson released a similar shot from the point that Schaefer redirected with his stick in front for the go-ahead goal.
The Sabres drew a power play in the final two minutes, and skated with a 6- on-4 advantage after pulling their netminder. Phillips' clearing attempt, though, took a funny bounce off the wall before trickling into the open net to seal the game.
Briere opened up the scoring at the 5:36 mark of the first period to put the Sabres out in front. After a failed clearing attempt in the Ottawa zone, Briere pounced on the puck in the right circle and rifled a slapshot over the left shoulder of Emery.
The Sens tied it at 1-1 midway through the stanza, as Neil wristed a shot from an odd angle along the goal line that snuck past Biron.
Vanek countered with his 12th marker of the year to give the lead back to the Sabres. Drew Stafford got the puck off of a counterrush and let go a shot that was saved by Emery, but Vanek corralled the loose puck in the slot and punched it home.
Vanek has five goals and two assists over his last five games, while Briere has posted five goals and six assists over his last six contests...The Sabres, who are 5-2-1 on home ice, will host Pittsburgh on Friday...The Senators, who are 5-4-1 on the road, will visit New Jersey on Friday.
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