Sens Lose 4-2 to Sabres

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The Senators, winners of 2 in a row, were matched up against a Buffalo team that had something to play for with their run towards a playoff spot.  Both teams came out buzzing but only Mike Grier was able to score in the first, blocking a Chris Campoli shot and beating Craig Anderson on the breakaway.

Shortly after killing off a power-play in the second, the Sabres added to their lead with a little bit of luck.  Steve Montador’s rip around the boards deflected to the front of the net, directly to Cody McCormick who made no mistake and the Sabres led by 2.  A little later on, after the Sabres failed to capitalize on a 4 on 1, Eric Condra found Jason Spezza with a long, 2-line pass.  Once Spezza was able to settle the puck, he deked Ryan Miller to the backhand and went upstairs, scoring a beauty, and putting the Sens within 1.

Bring on the third,  where the Sabres struck quickly.  On a 2 on 1 created by a Karlsson pinch at the Sabres blueline, Drew Stafford’s inital shot was stopped, but Jochen Hecht was there to clean up the rebound and Buffalo led 3-1.  The Senators, however, were able to score with just under 2 minutes left when Milan Michalek wristed one by Ryan Miller and this game wasn’t over quite yet.  It was all for not unfortunately, as a flurry of action that resulted in a HUGE pad save by Miller and an empty netter by Vanek would seal the deal for the Sabres and give them a much needed victory.

This is the first time the Buffalo Sabres have defeated the Ottawa Senators 4 times in one season and the first home victory by the Sabres against the Senators in 6 tries.  The loss put an end to the Senators modest 2 game winning streak and tagged Craig Anderson with his first Ottawa Senator defeat.

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