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Post-game report: Ottawa 3 Buffalo 1

Friday, 24.03.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Post-game report: Ottawa 3 Buffalo 1

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Ray Emery stopped 28 shots to help the Ottawa Senators clinch a playoff spot with a 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.

Daniel Alfredsson, Antoine Vermette and Patrick Eaves scored for the Eastern Conference-leading Senators, who won their fourth straight to improve to 12-1-1 in their last 14 games. Ottawa moved 27 points ahead of ninth-place Montreal, which has 13 games remaining.

Daniel Briere scored the lone goal for Buffalo, which has lost four straight, matching the team's longest losing streak this season.

Buffalo, outscored 16-6 during its skid, also dropped to 1-5 against Ottawa this season - the Sabres' lone win coming in a shootout last month.

The Senators took control when Alfredsson and Vermette scored goals on consecutive shots 2:24 apart in the first five minutes of the game.

The Sabres, however, proved unlucky, twice coming a fraction of an inch from rallying back.

With Buffalo down 2-1, the Sabres' Mike Grier poked a loose puck at the right post beneath Emery's glove, the shot appearing to trickle over the goal line in the opening minute of the third period.

Referee Kevin Pollock initially ruled a goal but it was overturned after officials required five minutes to review the play. Video replays showed the puck never completely crossed the line before Ottawa's Brian Pothier fished it out.

The Sabres failed to convert a power-play opportunity minutes later, and Eaves put Ottawa up 3-1 at the 4:56 mark. Set up in the slot by Jason Spezza, Eaves snapped a shot over Ryan Miller's right shoulder.

Buffalo also had a close call midway through the second period when J.P. Dumont deflected Brian Campbell's point shot only to have the puck hit off the left post, roll along the length of the crease and bounce out off the other post.

Emery was sharp in preserving the victory - his 11th this month since taking over the starting duties in place of Dominik Hasek, who continues to nurse a groin injury suffered during the Turin Olympics.

Emery's best stop came midway through the third period when he kicked out his left pad to foil Briere, who was set up on the doorstep.

Notes: The three goals gave Ottawa 274 this season, matching a franchise record set in 2000-01. ... Sabres D Jay McKee returned for the start of the second period after being struck across the nose by Bryan Smolinski's shot midway through the first period. ... Spezza returned after missing one game with a hip-pointer. ... Senators D Filip Novak, called up from AHL Binghamton on Thursday, made his NHL debut. Ottawa is down two defensemen, Zdeno Chara (hand) and Anton Volchenkov (head), both hurt in a 5-2 win against Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06