Ottawa 4 – Buffalo 3
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
KANATA, ONT. – In their first nine games, the Buffalo Sabres only allowed four goals in the first period. Tonight they gave up three, and it quickly became their undoing. The Ottawa Senators scored three times in a six-minute span in the first, on their way to a 4-3 win over the Sabres in front of 18,345 fans at Scotiabank Place. The loss was Buffalo’s third in a row, dropping them to 3-6-1 on the season. The Senators have yet to lose in regulation at home with a record of 4-0-1.
Ottawa jumped out to a short-lived 1-0 lead when Erik Karlsson’s point shot found its way through a crowd and past Jhonas Enroth at 8:15. Just 21 seconds later, Tyler Ennis backhanded home his third of the year off a rebound in the slot from a Drew Stafford shot. But goals by Chris Phillips and Daniel Alfredsson sent the Sens to the first intermission with a 3-1 lead. When Chris Neil extended Ottawa’s lead to 4-1 at 8:12 of the second, the Sabres once again answered quickly. Jordan Leopold snuck down low into the slot and tapped home a pass from Jochen Hecht to cut the lead in half at 9:08. It was Leopold’s first goal of the season. Buffalo got to within one in the third when Cody Hodgson’s pass in front bounced off Jason Pominville’s leg before crossing the line. The goal was initially waved off by the referee who thought Pominville had kicked it in, but video review overturned the call.
Christian Ehrhoff missed his first game of the season with a muscle strain. He was on the ice for today’s morning skate, but left after 10 minutes… Defenseman Adam Pardy was recalled from Rochester yesterday, and he played 18:25, while also picked up an assist on Pominville’s goal… Andrej Sekera (foot) traveled with the team to Ottawa, but didn’t play for a second straight game with a foot injury… Matt Ellis was Buffalo’s only healthy scratch… Robyn Regehr (lower body, 4 games), Ville Leino (hip, 10 games) and Patrick Kaleta (neck, 4 games) are all on IR.
BEHIND THE NUMBERS
With his goal, Jason Pominville passed Alexander Mogilny for the 12th-most points in Sabres history at 445… Thomas Vanek was held off the scoresheet for the first time this season, and also saw his four-game point streak come to an end. It was the first time Vanek hasn’t been held without a point since April 5/12 at Philadelphia… Vanek had collected points in all eight of his previous games, but was not considered to be on a streak because he missed the January 27 game due to injury… Dating back to last season, Vanek has 30 points (10+20) in his last 19 games… Tyler Ennis now has 10 points (5+5) in 10 career games against Ottawa, including points in each of his last six (4+3)… Tonight's game was Buffalo's second of 11 straight Tuesday games. Sabres are 47-20-9 on Tuesdays since 2005-06; 0-1-1 this season… Jordan Leopold scored his first goal of the year tonight, after posting a team-high three goals and six assists vs. Ottawa last season… The Sabres are 2-2-1 vs. Northeast Division opponents… This was the fifth straight game the Sabres have allowed four or more goals; and they have been outshot in eight of 10 games… First of four meetings between the Sabres and Senators… Buffalo is now 6-2-2 in last 10 vs. Ottawa; 6-4-0 on the road.
BUFFALO’S RECORD WHEN...
Opponent scores first: 0-3-1
Trailing after the first period: 0-2-0
Trailing after the second period: 0-4-1
Outshot by opposition: 2-6-0
BUFFALO’S REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS:
Time on Ice: Jordan Leopold, 23:21
Shots: Leopold/Stafford/Brennan, 4
Blocked Shots: Leopold/Weber, 4
Faceoff Wins: Cody Hodgson, 8
Total Faceoffs: Hodgson, 18 (8-10)
Hits: Weber/McCormick/Pardy/Scott/Foligno, 3
The Sabres were held scoreless on four power plays, and have now gone three games (0/11) without a power play goal. They are 6/36 (16.7%) on the season. Ottawa only had two power plays, but were able to score on the first one when Erik Karlsson’s point shot eluded Enroth. Buffalo’s penalty killers are now at 78% (32/41) through 10 games.
* Thursday vs. Montreal, 7 p.m.
* Saturday @ NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
* Sunday vs. Boston, 7 p.m.