OTTAWA, Ontario (AP)
After missing the first 21 games due to sprained ankle just before the season opener, Eichel had a goal and an assist to help the Sabres beat the
''I was really excited and had a lot of energy waiting for the game to start,'' Eichel said. ''I think it helps a little bit when you're able to get a couple points on the power play at the beginning of the game. It kind of settles you down.''
''It's a momentum thing,'' O'Reilly said. ''You go out there and you watch (Eichel's) line and they're possessing and he's making plays and creating and coming on right after that it's the same thing, you kind of feed off that.
''The power play too, once he gets the puck it's so tough for people to get it off him.''
Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said Lehner is day to day with a hip injury.
Ottawa scored twice on the power play, but also gave up three while short-handed.
''We lost the special teams battle,'' Anderson said. ''At the end of the day you've got to win the special teams battle or tie it to give yourself a chance. Usually we're pretty good, but we just weren't able to shut those guys down for some reason.''
Senators coach Guy Boucher said his team's slow start was the difference.
''That's what killed us, that's what sank us,'' Boucher said. ''I think our guys showed, like usual, a resiliency in coming back and we wanted it to be a one-goal game coming into the third so we did that. So we were only one goal behind, but then we didn't get the goal.''
O'Reilly extended Buffalo's lead to 5-3 with a power-play goal with 3:17 left.
Hoffman got the Senators within one on the game's fifth power-play goal with 1:31 remaining to complete his hat trick with his seventh of the season, but that was as close as Ottawa got.
Trailing 3-1, Stone got the Senators within one on a power-play goal at 8:20 of the second after pouncing on a loose puck. It gave him five goals and four assists in his last eight games.
The Sabres restored their two-goal lead as
Ottawa cut the lead again as Hoffman tipped
Buffalo opened the scoring 6:16 in with a power-play goal as Ottawa's
Eichel scored his first, on the power play, 3:15 later.
The Senators cut the lead in half as Hoffman buried
By the end of the game the Senators were without
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Sabres: Host the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
Senators: Host Philadelphia on Thursday night.