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Senators 5, Sabres 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 5, Sabres 3
Buffalo Sabres 3, Ottawa Senators 5

OTTAWA (AP) -Brian Elliott found a way to keep the Senators on their winning streak.

The Senators' backup goalie replaced injured starter Pascal Leclaire to start the third period and made 16 saves to pick up the win and Ottawa topped the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 on Saturday night.

"I don't know how fast my heart was going when I got in there," Elliott said. "The guys played really well in front of me. I felt I played pretty good and obviously they spotted me that lead and that helped as well."

Daniel Alfredsson had two goals and an assist and Filip Kuba had a goal and three assists to lead the Senators.

Chris Kelly and Milan Michalek also scored for the Senators, who have won three straight.

The Senators have scored 14 goals during the streak.

"I think it's confidence and a little bit of luck," Alfredsson said. "We're playing with more confidence and you can feel it in the locker room. When you score five like tonight, you've got to be happy."

Thomas Vanek, Patrick Kaleta and Jason Pominville scored for the Sabres. Former Senators goalie Patrick Lalime faced 26 shots in just his third start of the season and took the loss.

Elliott started the third for the Senators after Leclaire left the game with a lower-body injury as a result of a collision in the second with Jochen Hecht. Hecht fell over Leclaire and afterward the goalie seemed to favor his left leg. He finished with 24 saves.

Senators coach Cory Clouston said Leclaire would be evaluated on Sunday.

Vanek opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the first period. Parked at the side of the net, Vanek picked up a rebound and beat Leclaire shortside.

The Senators responded with a power-play goal in the opening minute of the second period as Kuba fired a shot from the blueline.

"I thought we came out real solid in the second period," Clouston said. "The first 12 to 13 minutes we played really well. We did a lot of good things defensively and that created offensive opportunities."

Ottawa took the lead at 8:14 of the second when Alfredsson scored his seventh of the season on a quick wrist shot that beat Lalime.

Ottawa made it 3-1 early in the third as Kelly tipped Matt Carkner's point shot and Michalek picked up his 10th goal of the season scoring on an odd-man rush.

"I don't think we even need to focus on goaltending," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "I think the focus has to fall on our 5-on-5 play. That 4-on-3 that they scored against was just a fact that two of our forwards didn't get back."

After Alfredsson made it 5-1, Kaleta and Pominville scored less than two minutes apart to pull Buffalo within two with just over nine minutes remaining.

Notes: The Senators were without RW Alex Kovalev (personal), RW Shean Donovan (knee), D Anton Volchenkov (elbow). ... The Sabres RW Drew Stafford and D Nathan Paetsch were healthy scratches.

scoring summary
1st Period
19:08
BUF
PPG - Thomas Vanek (7) ASST: Chris Butler (6), Tim Connolly (13)
1 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
00:50
OTT
PPG - Filip Kuba (1) ASST: Jason Spezza (11), Daniel Alfredsson (15)
1 - 1 Tie
08:14
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (7) ASST: Filip Kuba (5), Chris Phillips (3)
2 - 1 OTT
3rd Period
02:39
OTT
Chris Kelly (2) ASST: Matt Carkner (3)
3 - 1 OTT
06:11
OTT
Milan Michalek (10) ASST: Filip Kuba (6), Jason Spezza (12)
4 - 1 OTT
08:00
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (8) ASST: Mike Fisher (11), Filip Kuba (7)
5 - 1 OTT
08:57
BUF
Patrick Kaleta (3) ASST: Henrik Tallinder (5), Derek Roy (11)
5 - 2 OTT
10:30
BUF
Jason Pominville (5) ASST: Derek Roy (12), Henrik Tallinder (6)
5 - 3 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
01:50
BUF
Craig Rivet  Hooking against  Jason Spezza
13:14
OTT
Peter Regin  Hooking against  Paul Gaustad
18:42
OTT
Brian Lee  Interference against  Adam Mair
2nd Period
00:40
BUF
Henrik Tallinder  Hooking against  Mike Fisher
09:00
OTT
Alexandre Picard  Hooking against  Jochen Hecht
11:47
OTT
Chris Kelly  Hooking against  Adam Mair
15:14
BUF
Derek Roy  Tripping against  Peter Regin
16:08
BUF
Jochen Hecht  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
18:44
BUF
Tim Kennedy  Hooking against  Chris Kelly
3rd Period
06:53
BUF
Adam Mair  Cross checking against  Ryan Shannon
06:53
OTT
Ryan Shannon  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Adam Mair
12:29
OTT
Matt Carkner  Boarding against  Tim Connolly
15:49
OTT
Chris Neil  Slashing against  Patrick Kaleta
15:49
OTT
Chris Neil  Cross checking against  Patrick Kaleta
goalie stats
Patrick Lalime
SA: 26TOI: 58:18
Saves: 21EV: 13 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .808SH: 0 - 0
Brian Elliott
Brian Elliott
3-1-2
SA: 16TOI: 19:55
Saves: 14EV: 8 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
Pascal Leclaire
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 25TOI: 39:37
Saves: 24EV: 16 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .960SH: 0 - 0