NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, October 7th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (2-0-0) at Ottawa Senators (1-1-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will try to improve to 3-0 on the season
when they battle the Ottawa Senators tonight at Scotiabank Place.
The Sabres began the season on Wednesday in Carolina and earned a 3-2 shootout
victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Hurricanes. Buffalo had a home
test against Montreal on Friday and once again came out on top in the
On Friday, Maxim Afinogenov scored the game-winning goal in the shootout as
the Sabres beat Montreal, 5-4, at HSBC Arena.
Daniel Briere was the first to face Cristobal Huet and the goaltender came up
with the stop. Michael Ryder then took his turn but Ryan Miller made the save.
Afinogenov then skated in and gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead in the shootout as he
beat Huet. Alex Kovalev then tried to tie things but was stopped by Miller.
Thomas Vanek then sealed the win as he beat Huet.
Afinogenov added a goal in regulation and Briere, Jiri Novotny and Jason
Pominville also scored for Buffalo. Miller made 23 saves.
Buffalo hasn't started a season 3-0 since the 1994-95 campaign.
The Senators are 1-1-0 on the year after splitting a home-and-home set with
the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ottawa posted a 4-1 victory in Toronto on Wednesday,
but the Leafs exacted revenge the following night with a 6-0 thrashing at
Andrew Raycroft posted a shutout and Darcy Tucker and Chad Kilger each scored
twice for the Maple Leafs.
Martin Gerber, who only allowed a penalty shot goal to Mats Sundin on
Wednesday, was shelled for five goals on 24 shots in two periods of play. Ray
Emery made 15 saves for the Senators, who lost for only the second time in
their last 10 games against the Maple Leafs.
Ottawa won five of eight meetings with the Sabres in 2005-06, but Buffalo beat
the Senators in the Eastern Conference semifinals last year.
10/07 10:39:42 ET