FINAL: BUF 4 | OTT 3
October 7, 2006
Scotiabank Place | 7 P.M.
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1-0 (1-0:33): Henrik Tallinder moved in from the blueline and one timed Paul Gaustad's across-ice pass into a wide-open net for his first goal of the season. Gaustad and Jochen Hecht get the helpers. Tallinder set a career high during the 2005-06 season with six goals.
2-0 (1-19:06): Brian Campbell onetimed Daniel Briere's pass for his first goal of the season and Buffalo's first with the man advantage. The goal ended Buffalo's scoreless drought at 17 power-play opportunities. Ottawa goaltender Martin Gerber stretched and got a piece of Campbell's shot with his glove, but the puck trickled over the goal line. Daniel Briere and Chris Drury get the helpers.
2-1 (2-11:37): Ottawa converts a turnover by Jaroslav Spacek in Buffalo's zone into a two-on-one rush where Denis Hamel found Dean McAmmond to cut the Sabres lead to a goal. McAmmond's shot beat Biron high on his glove side for his first goal. Hamel records the lone assist.
3-1 (3-2:59): On a three-on-one rush, Chris Drury fired a laser slapshot from just inside the left face-off circle over Gerber's right pad to expand Buffalo's lead to two goals. The unassisted goal is Drury's second of the season.
3-2 (3-15:22): Jason Spezza cuts the lead to a goal after tipping Dany Heatley's quick shot from the slot. The goal is Spezza's first of the season. Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson get the helpers.
4-2 (3-16:36): Camped in front of the net, Jason Pominville increases the Sabres lead to a pair after he stuffed a loose puck into the right side of the net. Daniel Briere and Dmitri Kalinin get the assists on Pominville's second goal of the season.
4-3 (3-16:46): Jason Spezza records his second of the night when he redirected Daniel Alfredsson's rebound into the wide-open net. Alfredsson and Dany Heatley get the assists.
Buffalo looks to extend their season-opening winning streak to three games tonight when they renew acquaintances with the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place ... This is the first time these two teams have met since Buffalo eliminated Ottawa in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Seminfinals ... Buffalo won its second consecutive shootout on Friday, defeating Montreal 5-4 at HSBC Arena.
This is the first time in NHL history that a team has won its first two games in shootouts ... Maxim Afinogenov scored the game tying and shootout deciding goal on Friday ... Afinogenov is now Buffalo's career leader with three shootout deciding goals, one ahead of Daniel Briere ... After tonight's game, Buffalo doesn't play again until Friday night in Detroit ... Buffalo's next home game is Saturday, October 14 against the New York Rangers. Game time is 7 p.m.
October 3 –Placed Chris Thorburn on waivers; assigned Daniel Paille to Rochester (AHL).
September 30 – Assigned Michael Ryan to Rochester (AHL).
With their shootout win on Friday night, Buffalo becomes the first team in NHL history to start the season with two consecutive shootout victories. Buffalo was 5-5 in the shootout last season. Maxim Afinogenov scored the shootout deciding goal on Friday, and is now Buffalo's career leader with three shootout deciding goals, one ahead of Daniel Briere. Afinogenov also leads Buffalo with four goals in six career attempts.
Just like last season, Buffalo is undefeated after its first two games. And also like last season, they head into Ottawa tonight to play their third game of the year. The Sabres are looking to avoid a similar result this time around, as they lost 5-0 to the Senators on October 8/05.
SABRES/SENATORS IN 2005-06
Buffalo was 3-5 against Ottawa in the regular season last year. After being outscored 21-5 in the first three games -- all losses -- of the series, Buffalo bounced back to win three of the next five. Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson led both teams with 14 points (8+6) in eight games. Maxim Afinogenov was Buffalo's leading scorer with nine points (2+7) in seven games. The same two teams then met in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, with the Sabres coming out on top 4 games to 1 thanks to Jason Pominville's shorthanded OT game winner in Game 5 in Ottawa.
AFTER FURTHER REVIEW
After being reviewed by the league office, Jason Pominville's goal on Wednesday in Carolina has since been credited to defenseman Dmitri Kalinin, with the assists going to Teppo Numminen and Jiri Novotny. However, Pominville didn't waste any time getting his first goal back, as he scored Buffalo's second goal in Friday's shootout win over Montreal.
FIRST NHL GOAL
For the second consecutive season, it was a member of the Buffalo Sabres who scored the first NHL goal of the season. In Buffalo's 3-2 win in Carolina on Wednesday, Dmitri Kalinin scored at 9:09 of the first period to register the first goal of the 2006-07 NHL campaign. Last season, former Sabre J.P. Dumont turned the trick when he scored on Rick DiPietro at 3:11 of the first period in Buffalo's 6-4 opening night win over the NY Islanders.