Sens Lose 6-4 to Sabres

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A huge game for the Buffalo Sabres as they continue fighting for a playoff spot in the East.  It looked good early as the Sabres were able to control the offensive zone for a good 1-2 minute span, resulting in Tim Connolly finding Tyler Ennis with a sweet pass to make it 1-0 Buffalo.  It didn’t last long as after Chris Butler took an interference call, Erik Karlsson would send a pass towards the crease that stayed there after hitting some skates, and was found by Jason Spezza to tie the game at 1.  (Spezza has now scored in his last 7 visits to Buffalo.)  The Sabres responded when Thomas Vanek snuck by Chris Phillips and skated in alone on Craig Anderson, sniping it by him and regaining the Buffalo lead.  Ottawa’s turn came as Colin Greening jumped on a loose puck and put a backhander by Enroth to once again, tie the game. 

Thomas Vanek’s Goal

2nd period and the goals kept coming.  With under 2 minutes gone, Tyler Ennis skated down the wing and let loose a wicked wrister that eluded Anderson to make it a 3-2 game.  Then, amidst a scramble in front, Paul Gaustad found the puck on his stick and put it in the wide open net to increase the Sabres lead to 2.  That spelled the end for Craig Anderson, his first “pulling” as a Sen.  But the Sens weren’t out of it and kept playing like it, as Jason Spezza scored his 2nd goal of the game when he banked the puck off defenceman Shaone Morrison and past Enroth to make it 4-3.  However, at 14:34, Nathan Gerbe streaked down the wing and hammered a shot by Curtis McElhinney to put the Sabres back up 2 and gave Buffalo fans some breathing room going into the third.

The Sabres put an end to this one midway through the final period.  Brad Boyes’ pass towards the front of the net deflected off a stick in front and by McElhinney to give Buffalo a 3 goal lead.  Originally, the goal was given to Jason Pominville but replays showed he didn’t touch it so Boyes received credit.  When the horn blew, the Sabres had won 6-4 and continued their incredible pace towards a playoff spot in the Eastern conference.  The Sens finished the week-long road trip with 3 wins and 1 loss, the only blemish being this game vs the Sabres.

Cory Clouston

Craig Anderson

Jason Spezza

Spezza, Anderson & Clouston video


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