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Roy returns home to bury Sens in shootout

Sunday, 11.6.2011 / 1:12 AM ET / THE AFTERMATH
By Kevin Snow  - (@kwsnow)
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Derek Roy scored once in regulation and added the shootout winner in the sixth round as the Buffalo Sabres won their second game in a row, downing the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Saturday night at Scotiabank Place. Surprise starter Jhonas Enroth made 25 saves to earn the victory and improved his season total to a perfect 4-0.

Roy got Buffalo on the board midway through the second period with just his second goal of the season, and first since since October 14. It’s been a frustrating start to the season for the Ottawa-native who missed 47 games last year with a torn quadriceps injury, and has battled some nagging ailments this season as well. Roy’s celebratory reaction to his goal told the entire story.

“I think I threw my shoulder out on that one,” Roy said with a smile. “It’s been coming for a while. I’ve been missing a lot of chances, some glorious opportunities. But tonight it was great to get a goal for the team and help win the game.”

I think I threw my shoulder out on that one - Derek Roy describing his goal celebration
Lindy Ruff went back to Enroth tonight in a game that many thought would be Ryan Miller’s based on the goaltender rotation that Ruff has used so far this season. Enroth said he was told by Ruff last night on the plane to Ottawa that he’d be starting tonight, and that it was something he didn’t expect to hear.

“I was a little bit surprised,” said Enroth. “I was expecting Ryan to start tonight. But I got the start, and I’m happy for every start I get.”

Click to hear Ruff's post-game press conference.

Ruff said he “tweaked” his goaltending schedule after Miller shutout the Florida Panthers on October 20, but also decided that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to ride a hot goaltender in Enroth.

“I thought he deserved it; he’s given us a lot of good efforts. We won, and he’s obviously fresh because he hasn’t played very much. We gave him the nod for going as well as he’s been playing.”

The shootout win was also Buffalo’s first trip to overtime this season. They are now 37-30 all-time in shootouts.

6:41- Good evening Sabres fans!

6:43- The news right now is that Jhonas Enroth appears to be starting for Buffalo. He led the team on to the ice for warmups 15 mins ago.

6:56- Hello from high atop Scotiabank Place in Ott … I mean Kanata, Ontario. For those of you that have never visited Canada’s capital, the Senators play about 30 minutes outside of downtown Ottawa. This is just my third visit to the building formerly known as The Palladium, but I’ll never forget my last trip here: Game One of the 2006 Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals. I was sitting 10 rows from the ice when Chris Drury scored in OT to defeat the Sens 7-6 in one of my favorite hockey games of all time.

6:57- Confirmed - Enroth starting for Sabres

7:00- Sabres starting F line: Vanek/Pominville/Adam

7:01- #Sabres starting D: Leopold/Regehr

7:03- Both teams are playing for the second night in a row after being involved in 2-1 games last night. Buffalo Sabres (7-5-0) defeated visiting Calgary, while Ottawa (7-7-0) lost to Montreal at home.

7:03- The Sabres next see action on Tuesday at First Niagara Center when the Winnipeg Jets come to town for a 7 p.m. start. Prior to the game, Rick Jeanneret and Dale Hawerchuk will be inducted into the Sabres Hall of Fame in a pre-game ceremony.

7:06- It’s Canadian Forces Appreciation Night here tonight, and puckdrop is scheduled for approx 7:15 pm. More than 3,000 Canadian military members are expected to attend tonight’s game for free with tickets that were donated to them.

7:07- Be sure to check back after the game for more in-depth coverage of tonight’s game. We’ll have an enhanced version of the game blog complete with highlights, interviews and Lindy Ruff’s post-game press conference.

7:09- Let’s take a look at some of the storylines heading into tonight’s game:

7:10- ** First of six games between BUF and OTT this season.

7:11- ** 107th meeting all-time: Buffalo leads the all-time series 53-39-14; 24-20-10 on road

7:11- ** Buffalo’s PK is 1st in the NHL (40/43, 93%), having killed off 29 of last 30 opposition PP’s.

7:12- ** Thomas Vanek leads all Sabres with 19 goals and 33 points in 41 career games against Ottawa.

7:12- ** Ottawa has lost their last 2 games, after winning 6 straight from Oct. 20-30.

7:17- Anthems done ... nearly time for some hockey here in Canada's capital

7:18- Game on!

7:20- Enroth tested early making a left pad stop on Nick Foligno

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7:22- Boyes almost stuffs one past Anderson

7:23- Huge contingent of Sabres fans in the lower level wearing Fred Flintstone water Buffalo hats

7:24- Leino tipped the Ehrhoff point shot but Anderson saw it all the way

7:27- Ottawa was buzzing on the last shift, and Enroth was forced to make some big saves incl a tough one on Filatov

7:29- 13:49 left in the 1st

7:30- Pominville with a slapshot from the left faceoff circle that Anderson had no trouble stopping.

7:36- Thomas Vanek seemed to take exception with something Erik Karlsson did. When the whistle went, Vanek went out of his way to bump Karlsson near the Sens bench.

7:37- 8:34 left in the 1st. Buffalo outshooting Ottawa 5-4 in a low chance period.

7:37- As an aside ... this is a loud building.

7:38- My laptop vibrates from the heavy bass during the music at stoppages.

7:39- Gonchar with a point shot that nearly eluded Enroth

7:42- Kuba scoops up the puck and decides to run up the middle with it like Fred Jackson. However that's illegal in hockey - 2 minutes for closing his hand on the puck. Sabres to the PP

7:45- Roy called for the trip after coming back to deny Zack Smith's partial breakaway. Good play, but got too much of his skates.

7:46- Vanek appeared to injure his hand/wrist when his stick got caught up in the Sabres net with 4;45 left in the period. He went to the bench immediately.

7:47- OTT 1-0: Michalek beats Enroth with a deke after taking a pass from Philips at center ice. (15:41)

7:50- Cody McCormick unleashes a blast that goes wide right. (sorry. had no choice)

7:53- End of 1: Ottawa leads 1-0 on a goal by Michalek. Sens outshoot Buffalo 7-6.

8:12- The 2nd period action is underway. Ottawa nearly gets on the board early when Karlsson sneaks a bad angle shot through a crowd in front that Enroth smothers.

8:15- Ehrhoff uncorks a point bomb that Anderson turns away. The Vanek line had a few chances that shift.

8:17- Roy takes a shot from the slot that Karlsson blocks with his head.

8:20- Adam gets 3 whacks at the puck in front but Anderson stands his ground. To be fair, the puck never seemed to stop bouncing the entire time.

8:23- Winchester is sent in alone shorthanded and rings one off the iron.

8:23- 11:54 left in the 2nd ... Sens still up 1-0.

8:25- Enroth must own stock in iron the way his goal posts have stepped up to help him out the past few games.

8:26- Great shift by Tropp - the kid was flying out there.

8:28- GOAL!

8:29- 1-1: Roy tips Leino's shot past Anderson while cruising through the slot. That's Roy's second of the year.

8:30- Stafford also picks up an assist on the goal, at 10:39.

8:34- GOAL!

His battle alone was something that led to the goal ... He took it upon himself ... He was determined to make a difference. - Lindy Ruff on Nathan Gerbe
8:35- BUF 2-1: Gerbe and Gaustad do all the dirty work behind the net to dig the puck free. Leopold jumps up and bangs home the loose puck. (12:55)

8:37- 2-2: After a defensive miscue at center ice, Condra is sent in all alone and buries it between Enroth's legs.

8:43- Winchester and Vanek trade scoring chances. The game has really opened up in the last 10 minutes.

8:45- Gerbe working hard behind the Ottawa net, and it takes three Sens to slow him down.

8:46- Enroth goes paddle down again to foil an Ottawa wraparound attempt.

8:47- 49 ticks left in the second stanza.

8:48- Pominville nearly capitalizes on a crazy bounce after a dump in off the faceoff.

8:49- Enroth with a pair of huge saves just as the period comes to a close.

8:51- End of 2: It's all even at 2-2 with 20 mins left to play. Ottawa had 16 shots that period, and now lead 22-18.

9:15- 3rd period underway. Sabres barely kill off the Vanek penalty.

9:19- Sabres yet to record a shot this period (11;50 left)

9:20- Regehr just drilled DaCosta into the corner boards. Not sure how that kid got up.

9:22- Tropp nearly came to blows with Neil. Probably a good thing that didn't come to fruition.

9:22- Leino records Buffalo's first shot of the period.

9:23- Pominville with shot #2 -- right into Anderson's chest. There's 8;12 left in the 3rd.

9:26- Pominville just misses a wide open net. Think it ht something on the way through.

9:28- Roy nearly converts after digging it free ... then sets up Leino for a one-timer that he doesn't get all of

9:29- McCormick nearly bangs one in after Tropp outmuscled Phillips for the puck

9:30- Adam almost backhands a rebound past Anderson from the doorstep

9:30- Sabres suddenly leading 10-2 in shots this period

9:33- Last minute of play

9:35- 6.7 seconds left.

9:36- We're headed to OT.

9:38- 44/57 out there to start with 9/21

9:39- Pominville goes cross ice ice to Vanek who has his shot attempt tipped into the crowd.

9:40- Ehrhoff floats a shot through from the point that Anderson scoops up.

9:42- Sens called for offside when Spezza makes one move to many. He likes to move it, move it.

9:43- Last minute of play. Ehrhoff slides across to make a great shot block

9:45- Vanek has a great chance in front but tips Regehr's shot up into his face.

9:45- OT decides nothing. Time for the first shootout of the year for Buffalo.

9:46- The Sabres are 36-30 all-time in shootouts

9:48- Michalek - goal

9:48- Vanek - goal

9:49- 1-1

9:49- Spezza - goal

9:49- Boyes - goal

9:49- 2-2

9:50- Karlsson - save

9:50- A Buffalo goal here wins it...

9:51- Gerbe - save. He lost control of the puck at the last second

9:51- Foligno - save. Another chance for the Sabres...

9:52- Pominville - miss. post

9:52- Daugevins - save. A GREAT save by Enroth

9:52- Stafford - save. Anderson somehow keeps it out of the net

9:53- Butler - save. Enroth gets a piece

9:53- the hometown boy Roy - GOAL!

9:54- Sabres win 3-2!

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