OVER AND OUT: Sabres fall to Senators 4-3 in OT

Kevin Snow  - (@kwsnow) | Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 6:16 PM

Ottawa 4 – Buffalo 3 (OT)
Saturday, March 16, 2013
First Niagara Center

Kyle Turris’ second goal of the day at 3:54 of overtime was the game winner as the Ottawa Senators edged the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at First Niagara Center. Ottawa (14-8-6) scored three times in the second period to rally from an early two-goal deficit to take home the extra point. Drew Stafford scored twice for Buffalo (10-14-4), who are now 4-2-3 in their last nine games.

Ben Bishop stopped 33 of 36 shots to earn his fifth win of the season for Ottawa, while Ryan Miller made 30 saves in the overtime loss to fall to 9-12-4.

1st Period
Buffalo jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in one of their best opening periods of the season. Mike Weber scored his first goal of the year at 8:52 on a seeing-eye wrist shot from the point that found its way through a crowd and past Senator’s goaltender Ben Bishop. The Sabres went up by a pair thanks to Drew Stafford’s hard work in the blue paint. Nathan Gerbe’s shot from the right faceoff dot was stopped by Bishop, but Stafford crashed the crease to bang home his third of the year at 15:16. Both teams were credited with 10 shots in the first 20 minutes.

2nd Period
The Senators came into today’s game with a plus-14 goal advantage on their opponents in the second period, and they added three more to that total. Patrick Wiercioch started the comeback at 4:03 when he walked in from the blueline and blasted a shot past Miller from the top of the circle. Then, right off the faceoff win by Jim O'Brien, Chris Phillips fired a shot from just inside the blueline to tie the score at 2-2 at 10:14. With time ticking down in the period, Kyle Turris gave the Senators their first lead of the day at 18:57 on a wraparound that banked off Miller's right skate. Shots were 15-9 in favor of Ottawa.

3rd Period
Ottawa was clinging to a one-goal lead midway through the period, Stafford scored his second of the day at 12:06 to eventually send the teams to overtime. Stafford fired a shot along the ice from the left boards that changed direction in front of Bishop off Zack Smith’s stick. Buffalo held a 13-6 edge in shots in the third period.

With Christian Ehrhoff in the box for interference, Kyle Turris scored the game winner when he slid down low to Miller’s right and one-timed a pass from Daniel Alfredsson at 3:54.

Mike Weber
scored his first goal of the season, and first in 50 games dating back to Jan. 21/12 at St. Louis… Ville Leino’s assist on Weber’s goal was his first point since scoring a goal against Pittsburgh on March 30, 2012… The Sabres were outshot in the second period for the first time March 2 vs. New Jersey… This is Drew Stafford's first two-goal game since March 27, 2012 at Washington… 115th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo leads the series with a 56-42-17 record. Buffalo is 30-19-7 at home against the Senators all-time.

Ville Leino
was activated from Injured Reserve today, and played his first game of the season. Leino had missed the previous 27 games with a hip injury suffered during training camp… Patrick Kaleta served the fifth and final game his suspension… John Scott was Buffalo’s only healthy scratch.

Time on Ice: Christian Ehrhoff, 25:56
Shots: Drew Stafford/Jason Pominville, 5
Blocked Shots: Robyn Regehr, 5
Hits: Mike Weber, 4
Faceoff Wins: Cody Hodgson, 8
Total Faceoffs: Cody Hodgson, 15 (8-7)

Scoring First: 7-4-3
Leading after the first period: 3-2-1
Trailing after the second period: 2-10-2
Outshooting an opponent: 2-4-3

Power Play
Tonight: 0/3
Overall: 11/101, 10.9%
Home: 7/52, 13.5%

Penalty Killing
Tonight: 2/3
Overall: 88/112, 78.6%
Home: 32/42, 76.2%

* Sunday @ Washington, 7 p.m.
* Tuesday @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
* Thursday vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
08:52BUF Mike Weber (1) ASST: Ville Leino (1), Steve Ott (11) 1 - 0 BUF
15:16BUF Drew Stafford (3) ASST: Nathan Gerbe (3), Jordan Leopold (4) 2 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
04:03OTT Patrick Wiercioch (4) ASST: Sergei Gonchar (13), Kyle Turris (11) 2 - 1 BUF
10:14OTT Chris Phillips (4) ASST: Jim O'Brien (1) 2 - 2 Tie
18:57OTT Kyle Turris (6) ASST: Guillaume Latendresse (2), Patrick Wiercioch (7) 3 - 2 OTT
3rd Period
12:06BUF Drew Stafford (4) ASST: Christian Ehrhoff (10), Jochen Hecht (6) 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
03:54OTT PPG - Kyle Turris (7) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (9), Sergei Gonchar (14) 4 - 3 OTT
Three Stars of the Game
Drew Stafford
Drew Stafford
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 15:37
Kyle Turris
Kyle Turris
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 23:24
Patrick Wiercioch
Patrick Wiercioch
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 18:56
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:55BUF Marcus Foligno  Tripping against  Peter Regin
09:49BUF Cody Hodgson  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
18:08BUF Nathan Gerbe  Slashing against  Chris Neil
18:08OTT Chris Neil  Cross checking against  Nathan Gerbe
2nd Period
00:52OTT Colin Greening  Slashing against  Steve Ott
00:52BUF Steve Ott  Cross checking against  Patrick Wiercioch
10:44OTT Sergei Gonchar  Hooking against  Kevin Porter
19:45BUF Robyn Regehr  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
19:45OTT Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  Robyn Regehr
3rd Period
01:56OTT Erik Condra  Closing hand on puck
16:25OTT Patrick Wiercioch  Tripping against  Tyler Ennis
OT Period
02:16BUF Christian Ehrhoff  Interference against  Mika Zibanejad
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/30/3
Faceoff Wins3530
Blocked Shots1218
Penalty Minutes1515
3M. MethotD00-20019:20
4C. PhillipsD1012024:40
7K. TurrisC2123023:24
11D. AlfredssonR0114023:15
13P. ReginC000209:51
14C. GreeningC00-11214:27
15Z. SmithC00-22017:22
18J. O'BrienC011109:31
22E. CondraR00-11215:21
25C. NeilR00-11713:55
28M. KassianL000003:21
33J. SilfverbergR0004016:16
46P. WierciochD1113218:56
55S. GoncharD02-10224:31
61A. BenoitD0002016:12
62E. GrybaD0012022:55
73G. LatendresseL0112018:59
93M. ZibanejadC0004013:20
30B. Bishop3336.91763:54
3J. LeopoldD0111021:01
6M. WeberD1013018:08
9S. OttC0111218:30
10C. EhrhoffD0101225:56
12K. PorterC0002014:28
19C. HodgsonC00-11217:53
21D. StaffordR2005015:37
23V. LeinoL0112015:55
24R. RegehrD00-11518:55
26T. VanekL00-14015:45
29J. PominvilleR00-15018:11
42N. GerbeC0112211:06
44A. SekeraD00-21015:39
55J. HechtC0101011:58
57T. MyersD0010024:38
63T. EnnisC0013017:22
65B. FlynnC0002013:42
82M. FolignoL00-11211:14
30R. Miller3034.88263:54