NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Ottawa
(Thursday, January 10th)
Final Score: Ottawa 3, Buffalo 2 (SO)
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Dean McAmmond scored in the sixth round of the shootout to salvage a 3-2 win for the Ottawa Senators over the Buffalo Sabres at Scotiabank Place.
After all three shooters for each team failed to crack the goal line, Mike Fisher and Thomas Vanek both scored on a top-shelf snap shot in the fourth round -- Fisher over the left shoulder for Ottawa, and Vanek over the right for Buffalo.
The teams were again denied a goal in the fifth round. In the following round, McAmmond also went with a snap shot over Jocelyn Thibault's left shoulder. Martin Gerber stopped Jochen Hecht to preserve the win for the Senators.
Shean Donovan and Daniel Alfredsson scored in regulation for Ottawa, which has won three in a row overall. Gerber made 22 saves in the win, the Senators' ninth out of the last 12 over the Sabres.
"We were pretty fortunate to win. If we play a give away game like that on Saturday against Detroit, we'll probably lose 10-2," Ottawa head coach John Paddock said.
Clarke MacArthur and Daniel Paille tallied a goal apiece for Buffalo, which is now winless in eight straight games (0-4-4). Thibault made 23 saves in the loss. During the losing stretch, Buffalo has dropped three games to Ottawa -- two in regulation and this shootout defeat -- and has scored just 13 goals in the span.
After a scoreless first period, Ottawa got on the board just 24 seconds into the second. Chris Kelly dumped a bouncing pass from the left circle across the crease. Donovan was stationed to the right of the net, and batted the puck into the open goal.
Then, with 2:52 left in the period, Alfredsson notched a short-handed marker. He took the puck up the right boards and ripped a shot glove-side past Thibault for a 2-0 edge.
But the Senators blew both the lead and the momentum, as MacArthur scored just 1:38 into the final stanza on a backhander in front of the crease.
"They smelled a little blood and tried to really pour it on, but we got some great saves out of Thibault and we hung in there. And we were able to turn it around in the third," Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff said.
The Sabres then tied the game when Paille ripped a shot from the left circle over Gerber's shoulder with 7:08 remaining in regulation.
Ottawa's Wade Redden played in his 800th NHL game...The teams were a combined 0-for-10 on the power play...Buffalo will try to snap its streak Saturday against New Jersey...The Senators are 2-0 on their current four-game homestand, and host Detroit on Saturday.
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