Senators Win 3-2 (SO) Over Sabres

Check out the highlights

http://video.thescore.com/watch/ott-3-buf-2-so

This game certainly didn’t seem like it was going to go the Senators way.  During warmup, Sergei Gonchar accidently took a puck to the head and was held out due to precautionary reasons,  so Brian Lee got the call to suit up.  Then, Brad Boyes capitalized on an early power-play at 4:06 of the first period.  Add to that 4 shots that hit the post or crossbar behind Jhonas Enroth and luck did not appear to be on Ottawa’s side. 

Even when Matt Carkner tied the game early in the second period, Paul Gaustad quickly replied to restore Buffalo’s lead.  It wasn’t until Chris Neil scored on a breakaway that play, and luck, seemed to even out. 

The third period didn’t see any more scoring but it was witness to some more rattling posts.  In total, the Senators hit the post 4 times and the crossbar twice this evening.  The Sabres were stymied by the goaltender’s best friend two times as well.

Overtime solved nothing so this matchup went to a shootout.  After Boyes, Spezza & Pominville all scored, it was up to last night’s hero, Daniel Alfredsson to even it up for the Senators.  Once he took his shot however, it looked like the game was over as Enroth quickly closed his pads.  But it wasn’t, as the puck snuck through and rolled across the line to keep the contest going.  A couple of saves later and Bobby Butler was given a chance to win it.  And win it he did, showing a tremendous amount of patience by allowing Enroth to commit and then flipping it in to give the Senators the 3-2 victory.

The Senators improved to 5-1-1 in their past 7 games, winning 2 straight.  Erik Condra recorded 2 assists, while Craig Anderson made 26 saves.  The win gives Ottawa 43 points in 39 games so far this season, good for 8th spot in the Eastern Conference and just 7 points shy of the top seeded New York Rangers. 

Bobby Butler (audio)

https://vr.shapeservices.com/play.php?hash=a320b379a0fbbfbc0b8e5ee40147b2dd884dc33ba932672d2

Craig Anderson (audio)

https://vr.shapeservices.com/play.php?hash=4b680bb3538bda29fcf17328f14570f7fd1e95884c26518b7

Paul MacLean (audio)

https://vr.shapeservices.com/play.php?hash=fdd2aad9ef3dd4ec83cca64447f82dbac938ca71ecb31346a

Butler, Karlsson, Anderson & MacLean (video)

http://video.senators.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=146186

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