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Ottawa at Buffalo

Alfredsson fuels five-goal third period, Sens double up Sabres

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Despite scoring twice in a five-goal Ottawa third period, Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson was happy to deflect any praise toward two players who seldom score.

Anton Volchenkov snapped a third-period tie with less than two minutes left in regulation with his first goal of the season, and Dean McAmmond netted just his eighth goal while the Senators were short handed in the third to start a frantic rally that helped give Ottawa a dramatic 6-3 victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

"He's our sniper," Alfredsson said of Volchenkov, who also added a pair of assists in a win that moved the Senators within five points of the Northeast Division-leading Canadiens. Ottawa now has 91 points, and moved into a fourth-place tie in the Eastern Conference with New Jersey.

McAmmond, meanwhile, ignited the Senators comeback from a 3-1 deficit with 7:40 left in regulation.

"Getting that goal was huge," said Alfredsson, who now has 40 goals. "That got us going."

It sure did. Ottawa didn't panic when Derek Roy and Jason Pominville scored 25 seconds apart early in the third to give Buffalo its first lead of the game. Instead, they seized control with a relentless forecheck, pouncing on every loose puck before letting shots fly on stunned Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller.

"Maybe it would have been better if it was 2-1 and we just grind it out," Miller said. "We made a mistake and all of a sudden it was ours to lose."

Christoph Schubert and Antoine Vermette also scored for Ottawa, which rebounded from a 7-5 loss to Montreal on Monday to win for only the sixth time in the past 15 games.

"It was a good third period for us, and it showed flashes of what you saw last year where we were outskating teams and outworking teams," McAmmond said.

Roy scored twice for Buffalo, which lost ground in its chase for the eighth and final playoff slot in the Eastern Conference. The Sabres have lost two straight, and are in 10th place, five points behind Boston with six games remaining.

"We had them where we wanted them," Pominville said. "It's points that we're letting slip."

Miller, playing in his 29th straight game, finished with 25 saves.

Ottawa goalie Martin Gerber, making his 12th consecutive start, stopped 29 shots. He was pulled in Monday's loss after allowing three goals on 14 first-period shots.

The Senators played without defenseman Wade Redden, who injured his hip against Montreal. Rookie Brian Lee replaced Redden, and made a huge stop with his skate at the goal line when Paul Gaustad tried sliding a loose puck into a gaping net with 14 minutes left in the second period.

Gerber improved to 4-0 this season against the Sabres, and was also helped when Roy whipped a wrist shot that went off the crossbar in the first period.

Schubert opened the scoring with his eighth 11:54 into the game, but Roy tied it with a little under seven minutes left in the second.

Roy then gave Buffalo its first lead with his 31st of the season 2:38 into the third, and Pominville made it 3-1 under a half-minute later when he converted Jochen Hecht's cross-ice pass from down low.

After McAmmond cut the deficit to 3-2, Alfredsson tied it less than two minutes later with a rising wrist shot from the slot that beat a screened Miller.

"Everyone showed character," Alfredsson said. "Going forward, we want to show what kind of team we're going to be going into the playoffs."

Notes

  • Roy left with five minutes left in the third because of a charley horse, but returned for two shifts afterward.
  • Buffalo D Nathan Paetsch returned after missing four games because of a concussion.
  • Lee made his NHL debut after being called up from AHL Binghamton.
  • Roy extended his points streak to six games.
  • These two teams will complete their eight-game season series on Thursday in Ottawa.
  • Gerber is now one victory shy of 100 for his NHL career.
  • Ottawa C Jason Spezza extended his points streak to seven games with an assist on Alfredsson's first goal.
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The Senators have plenty of opportunities to rejoice during their monstrous, five-goal third period.  (AP)
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Ottawa  (42-28-7) «1056
Buffalo (35-30-11)0123
Three Stars
D. Alfredsson
OTT


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
D. Roy
BUF


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
A. Volchenkov
OTT


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
11:54Christoph Schubert (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Chris Neil, Anton Volchenkov
2ND PERIOD
13:10Derek Roy (31), Backhand Shot. Assist: Thomas Vanek
3RD PERIOD
02:38Derek Roy (32), Slap Shot. Assist: Mike Weber, Maxim Afinogenov
03:03Jason Pominville (27), Slap Shot. Assist: Jochen Hecht, Henrik Tallinder
12:20Short - Dean McAmmond (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Antoine Vermette, Anton Volchenkov
14:02Daniel Alfredsson (39), Slap Shot. Assist: Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley
18:04Anton Volchenkov (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Daniel Alfredsson
18:20Daniel Alfredsson (40), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
19:59Antoine Vermette (20), Empty Net. Assist: Cory Stillman
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
06:42Schubert, 2 min, Boarding
16:46Roy, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
07:46Schubert, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
16:46Vermette, 2 min, Roughing
16:46Lydman, 2 min, High-Sticking
3RD PERIOD
05:00Stafford, 2 min, Roughing
05:35Meszaros, 2 min, Hooking
11:23Stillman, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
 123T
Ottawa1091231
Buffalo10101232
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Martin Gerber59:41293
Ryan Miller58:45255
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Ottawa0-for-0
Buffalo0-for-0
Game Information
Attendance - 18690
Referees - Wes McCauley, Mick McGeough
Linesmen - Greg Devorski, Steve Miller
 
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Cal 3
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Tor 2
SJ 4 Final
OT
Pho 5
Phi 2 Final
OT
NYR 1