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SEN-SATIONAL VICTORY: Flynn scores game-winner in 4-2 victory over Ottawa

Saturday, 04.06.2013 / 12:34 PM

Derek Wangler - Digital Media Intern

Three Stars of the Game
Mike Weber
1st
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:14
Ryan Miller
2nd
Ryan Miller
G
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
GA: 2EV: 30-32
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: .946SH: 0-0
Steve Ott
3rd
Steve Ott
C
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 6
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:10

Buffalo 4 – Ottawa 2
Friday, April 5, 2013
First Niagara Center

GAME RECAP
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.

1st Period
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.

2nd Period
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.

3rd Period
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.

ROSTER NOTES
Thomas Vanek
sat out for the fifth straight game with an upper body injury…Ville Leino was scratched from the lineup for the third straight game, also due to an upper body injury.

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

SPECIAL TEAMS
Power Play
Tonight: 0/2
Overall: 17/137, 12.4%
Home: 9/65, 13.8%

Penalty Killing
Tonight: 4/4
Overall: 114/147, 77.6%
Home: 41/54, 75.9%

UP NEXT
* Sunday vs. New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
* Tuesday @ Winnipeg, 8:00 p.m.
* Thursday vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:21
BUF
Luke Adam (1) Slapshot - ASST: Adam Pardy (3), Mike Weber (5)
1 - 0 BUF
12:29
OTT
Marc Methot (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Jakob Silfverberg (8), Mika Zibanejad (11)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
01:41
OTT
Eric Gryba (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Mika Zibanejad (12), Chris Neil (8)
2 - 1 OTT
03:15
BUF
Steve Ott (7) Tip-in - ASST: Mark Pysyk (2), Adam Pardy (4)
2 - 2 Tie
14:37
BUF
Brian Flynn (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Jochen Hecht (8), Mike Weber (6)
3 - 2 BUF
14:49
BUF
Jochen Hecht (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Tyler Myers (5), Kevin Porter (3)
4 - 2 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
03:51
OTT
Chris Neil  Interference against  John Scott
13:20
BUF
Marcus Foligno  Tripping against  Peter Regin
2nd Period
08:48
BUF
Patrick Kaleta  Charging against  Marc Methot
12:09
BUF
Tyler Ennis  Elbowing against  Erik Condra
3rd Period
05:06
BUF
Drew Stafford  Interference against  Cory Conacher
12:22
OTT
Marc Methot  Cross checking against  Cody Hodgson
goalie stats
Robin Lehner
Robin Lehner
3-3-4
SA: 30TOI: 57:39
Saves: 26EV: 22 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .867SH: 1 - 1
Ryan Miller
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
Saves: 35EV: 30 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .946SH: 0 - 0