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NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Ottawa

(Wednesday, January 3rd)

Final Score: Ottawa 6, Buffalo 3

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Dany Heatley notched his sixth career hat trick and added an assist as the Ottawa Senators downed the Buffalo Sabres, 6-3, at Scotiabank Place.

Wade Redden and Tom Preissing each added a goal and an assist for the Senators, who have won five of their last six games.

Peter Schaefer also scored, and Ray Emery made 33 saves in the win for Ottawa.

"We skated well and Ray made some huge saves, so we then calmed down after the first," said Heatley. "We really got on their defense and forced them."

Maxim Afinogenov, Paul Gaustad and Jason Pominville each scored a goal for the Sabres, who had a four-game winning streak stopped.

"We knocked them out in the playoffs last year and they're playing with a chip on their shoulder," said Gaustad. "With us, we need to respond like that. We're two teams who don't like each other."

Ryan Miller was shelled for six goals on 36 shots in the loss for Buffalo.

Buffalo was all over the Senators in the first period and outshot them by a 19-7 margin. However, at the end of 20 minutes the game was still scoreless.

One of the best opportunities for the Sabres in the first was a hard backhander through a screen from the slot by Afinogenov, but Emery swallowed the puck.

The Senators, though, scored four times in the middle stanza to take control of the game.

Heatley got the team on the scoreboard when, with Buffalo on the power play, he chipped a shot from the low left side of the net over the right shoulder of Miller just 4:53 in.

Midway through the frame, Heatley skated down the right wing on a 3-on-2 rush and, from the low right side, sent a pass to Andrej Meszaros in the slot. Meszaros drilled a one-timer that Miller made a save on, but the rebound went right to Heatley, who tapped it into the net.

On the power play, Preissing redirected a pass from Heatley under the left pad of Miller with 7:40 left in the second, and it was 3-0.

Heatley then completed the hat trick when he banged in a rebound off a Redden shot from the left point for a 4-0 lead with 3:30 left in the second.

The Sabres broke onto the scoreboard in the final frame when Ales Kotalik fired a pass from the slot to the low right circle where Gaustad fired a one- timer by Emery to make it a 4-1 game just 4:55 in.

Ottawa, though, immediately killed any hopes of a comeback as Schaefer skated in on a breakaway and went from the backhand to the forehand and tucked the puck behind the right pad of Miller a little less than two minutes later.

Redden made it a 6-1 game on the power play, blasting a shot from the high slot into the right corner of the net with 6:45 to play.

The Sabres scored twice more in the game as, on a nice individual effort, Afinogenov snapped a wrist shot from the left circle into the right corner of the net with 4:24 left in the contest and Jason Pominville banged in a rebound in the final minute of the game.

Game Notes

Ottawa has won its last four games against Buffalo and is 4-1 this season against the Sabres...Buffalo hosts the Penguins on Friday...Ottawa hosts the Devils on Saturday...It was the third hat trick this season for Heatley...Mike Comrie, who was acquired by Ottawa from Phoenix before the game, finished the contest with two assists...It was the first time Buffalo lost in regulation this season with Pominville scoring a goal, compiling a 15-1-2 mark...Ottawa went 3-for-4 on the power play while Buffalo scored on one of its five power plays.

01/04 01:13:32 ET

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