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Saturday, 11.18.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Senators Take Another Meeting
The Buffalo Sabres were their own worst enemy on Saturday night. Playing uncharacteristically undisciplined, the Sabres saw a first period lead evaporate as a barrage of penalties gave the Ottawa Senators more than enough power-play opportunities to erase the deficit and create a lead of their own.

Ottawa scored on two of nine man advantages despite boasting a league-worst eight per cent conversion rate on the power play at the Scotiabank Place and defeated Buffalo for the second time this season, 4-1.

The loss was the first Buffalo has suffered on the road this season after winning their first 10 games away from HSBC Arena.

Making his first start in seven games, Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller was the one bright spot for Buffalo. Miller displayed no lingering effects of the muscle strain he suffered on November 10 in making 37 saves. Miller falls to 9-2-1 on the season. Ottawa out shot the Sabres 41-24, including 19-9 in the third period.

Maxim Afinogenov scored the lone Buffalo goal with just 1.5 seconds remaining in the first period. Afinogenov one-timed Antoine Vermette's turnover past Ray Emery at 19:59 for his second goal and third point since returning to the lineup two games ago.

Buffalo's leading scorer when he was injured, Afinogenov currently ranks third on the team with 22 points (10+12) in 14 games.

Ottawa evened the score five minutes into the second period with their first power-play goal. Peter Schaefer chipped Chris Neil's rebound over Miller's right pad for his third goal of the season at 5:11.

Dany Heatley ripped a one-timer past Miller as he was cutting to the net from the right wing with the man advantage to make the score 2-1 in favor of Ottawa at 1:22 of the third.

Collecting a loose puck in the slot, Vermette fired a backhander that slipped between Miller's pads at 14:50 of the third.

Coming out of the penalty box, Chris Phillips charges Miller on a breakaway and beat the netminder with a high wristshot at 17:17. Heatley setup the breakaway with a long pass through the neutral zone.
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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
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11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82