NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Ottawa
(Thursday, November 15th)
Final Score: Ottawa 3, Buffalo 2
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Daniel Alfredsson celebrated his 800th game in the NHL with a two-goal performance as the Ottawa Senators downed the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, at Scotiabank Place.
Alfredsson, who has spent his entire 12-year career with Ottawa, scored twice in the first period and is now tied with Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg and Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk for the goal-scoring lead with 15.
Shean Donovan also lit the lamp, while Martin Gerber stopped 35 shots for the Senators, who have won two straight and 15 of their 17 games on the season.
Jochen Hecht and Derek Roy each had a goal for the Sabres, who have dropped three straight and six of their last seven. Ryan Miller made 31 saves in the loss.
"The hustle and the effort was equal to that we had in Boston," said Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff. "The work ethic is there, but we've got to hold onto pucks and we'll be rewarded. You have to work hard to be successful. It's obvious the effort was there. We outskated them, we outplayed them in the zone. It was a real good skating game on both sides. We had a couple of breakdowns that cost us even-strength. We had some great opportunities that we didn't take advantage of."
Ottawa grabbed the early lead as Alfredsson took a feed in front from Mike Fisher and swept the puck past Miller 6:32 into the game.
However, the Sabres tied the game less than a minute later, as Nolan Pratt flicked a shot on net from the slot that hit Emery, popped into the air and Hecht tapped it in for his fifth goal of the year.
The Senators, though, took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission with a power-play goal. Wade Redden's shot from the low left side was stopped by Miller, but the rebound sat on the doorstep and Alfredsson banged it in with 1:07 left in the first.
Ottawa got the only goal of the second period to increase its lead to 3-1. A turnover in the Buffalo zone resulted in Fisher getting the puck down low at the right side. Fisher dished the puck out front to Donovan, who one-timed it past Miller with a little over three minutes left in the stanza.
"(Mike) Fisher did a lot of work down low," said Donovan. "Their defensemen both played a little tight to him by the net. He saw me and made a nice play out to me with a pretty unbelievable pass."
Gerber made 14 saves in the middle stanza.
The Sabres made it a one-goal game in the third period. Jason Pominville had the puck behind the net and dished it to Roy, who fired a shot from the right side that hit off the back of Gerber and into the net with 8:33 left in the game.
Ottawa, though, persevered through several Buffalo chances and held on for the win.
Ottawa begins a three-game road trip in Toronto on Saturday...The Sabres host Montreal on Friday...Ottawa has won six of the last eight games against Buffalo...Donovan has three goals on the season, all of which are game- winners...Ottawa's Chris Neil played in his 400th game...Gerber has won his last eight games and is 22-1-2, dating back to December of last year...Ottawa forward Jason Spezza, who had missed the last six games with a groin injury, returned to play...Buffalo has lost its last four road games.
11/15 23:31:22 ET