Buffalo 4 – Ottawa 2
Friday, April 5, 2013
First Niagara Center
With an assist and a goal just 12 seconds apart from each other, Jochen Hecht helped the Sabres snap their two-game home winless streak.
Luke Adam got the scoring started for the Sabres with his first goal since December 17, 2011. Adam Pardy got the assist on Adam’s goal and added another assist later in the game for his second career two-point night. After the Senators grabbed the lead just 1:41 into the third period, the Sabres stormed back with three unanswered goals. Brian Flynn had the game winner as he scored his fourth goal of the season and first at First Niagara Center.
The month of April has been kind to the Sabres since 2005-06 as the team is now 25-11-3 in that span, including 2-0-0 this year. The Sabres are now on a two-game winning streak and have improved their record against Northeast Division opponents to 8-6-2.
The Sabres struck first as Luke Adam scored his first goal of the year 6:21 into the period. Adam Pardy found Adam wide open next to the left faceoff dot and he ripped it top shelf by the Ottawa goaltender. The Senators tied it up on a screen shot by Marc Methot that made its way through a crowd and over Ryan Miller’s shoulder. The Senators led in the shots on goal category by a margin of 12-9.
No goals were scored in the period. Ryan Miller’s first save of the period was the 13,909th of his career, breaking Dominik Hasek’s franchise record for career saves. Buffalo’s best scoring chance came on the penalty kill. Brian Flynn slid a pass over to Christian Ehrhoff who blasted a shot off Lehner’s pads and the rebound squirted just out of the reach of Kevin Porter. Shots in the period were 14-11 in favor of Ottawa.
Eric Gryba put the Senators ahead 2-1 just 1:41 into the period. However, just under two minutes later, Buffalo’s new alternate captain Steve Ott evened things up at two. Ott was camped in front of the Ottawa net and redirected a Mark Pysyk shot for his seventh tally of the year. With just 5:23 left in the period Jochen Hecht found Brian Flynn who tapped in his fourth goal of the year to put the Sabres up 3-2. Just 12 seconds later, Hecht scored on a backhand to put the game out of reach. Shots were 11-10 in favor of Ottawa in the period and the Senators outshot the Sabres 37-30 in the game.
BEHIND THE NUMBERS
Ryan Miller’s 35 saves broke Dominik Hasek’s record for most career saves in franchise history… Jochen Hecht had his first multi-point game since December 28, 2010 at Edmonton… Luke Adam scored his first goal of the season in the first period. The goal was his first since December 17, 2011… Adam Pardy has recorded an assist in consecutive games… this was the 116th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo leads the series with a 57-42-17 record. Buffalo is 31-19-7 at home against the Senators all-time.
BUFFALO’S REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS:
Time on Ice: Tyler Myers, 25:54
Shots: Ehrhoff/Stafford/Myers, 4
Blocked Shots: Mike Weber, 4
Hits: Steve Ott, 6
Faceoff Wins: Steve Ott, 9
Total Faceoffs: Steve Ott, 16
BUFFALO’S RECORD WHEN...
* Scoring First: 11-4-4
* Tied after the first period: 9-7-3
* Tied after the second period: 7-5-0
* Outshot by opponent: 11-12-2
Overall: 17/137, 12.4%
Home: 9/65, 13.8%
Overall: 114/147, 77.6%
Home: 41/54, 75.9%
* Sunday vs. New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
* Tuesday @ Winnipeg, 8:00 p.m.
* Thursday vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m.