Senators Lose 5-1 to Sabres

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An ugly start for the Senators in this one.  By the 2:25 mark of the first period, the Sabres were up 2-0 on goals by Derek Roy and Mark Ellis.  Both players were able to cash in rebounds from in front, chasing Craig Anderson from the game after making a measly 4 saves on 6 shots.  The change to Alex Auld immediately reaped dividends as just over 2 minutes later, Sergei Gonchar slapped the puck by Jhonas Enroth on the power-play and the Sens closed the gap to 1.  But the Senators’ breakdowns in their own zone would continue. At 14:40, Drew Stafford was given all day behind the Ottawa net and found Jordan Leopold sneaking in from the point to regain the 2 goal lead. 

The second period would feature a couple of nice stops by both Enroth and Auld, but otherwise, was a scoreless frame.  So, onto the third, where the Sabres would pile it on.  During a rush into the Senators zone, Thomas Vanek was able to control the puck and skate around David Rundblad, only to backpass in front to a waiting Luke Adam, who snapped it by Alex Auld and made it 4-1.  Then, only 57 seconds later, Ville Leino’s shot on goal took a lucky bounce off of Alex Auld and into the net to extend the lead even more. 

5-1 for the Sabres would be the final.  For the most part, the Sabres dominated play, using their speed to pressure the Sens defence and cause numerous turnovers and poor decisions.  Any Senators play in the offensive zone would be stymied by Jhonas Enroth, who made 36 saves.  Derek Roy had a goal and 2 assists, while Drew Stafford added 3 assists.  Only 2 Senators were even or above on the evening (Alfredsson & Cowen), with Kuba, Karlsson & Daugavins all registering a -3.  The Senators play the Maple Leafs tomorrow night at the ACC.

Paul MacLean (audio)

MacLean, Alfredsson, Anderson & Foligno (video)


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