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Senators 4, Sabres 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 4, Sabres 1
Buffalo Sabres 1, Ottawa Senators 4

OTTAWA (AP) -Once the third period came, the Ottawa Senators made quick work of the Buffalo Sabres' record-setting road winning streak.

Peter Schaefer and Dany Heatley each had a goal and an assist, and Ray Emery made 23 saves as the Senators beat the Sabres 4-1 Saturday night and handed Buffalo its first road defeat in 11 games this season.

Antoine Vermette and Chris Phillips also scored for the Senators (8-11-1), who rallied for two victories over the Sabres (16-3-1) in four days.

"We haven't exactly been playing great and we're not where we want to be in the standings so it's a huge win. Now we just have to regroup and get ready for the next one," Schaefer said.

Maxim Afinogenov had the lone goal for Buffalo, which set the NHL record by starting 10-0 on the road.

Three third-period goals were the difference as the Senators dominated the Sabres over the final 40 minutes. Trailing 11-9 in shots after the first period, the Senators held a 32-13 edge over the final two frames.

"We've been struggling, so it was nice to get the win," Phillips said. "You don't want to say those four-point games are important in November, but they really are. Division games are huge and if we can win those we can climb up faster."

Ryan Miller, playing his first game after missing five with a muscle strain, made 37 saves.

"The second period is kind of where we needed to answer the bell, and if we kept moving like we did in the first I think it might have been a different game," Miller said.

Heatley broke a 1-1 tie 1:22 into the third period with the Senators' second power-play goal of the game. They finished 2-for-9 with the man advantage, while the Sabres went 0-5.

Vermette gave the Senators a 3-1 lead at 14:50, and Phillips closed out the scoring. He took a pass from Heatley after stepping out of the penalty box and beat Miller high on a breakaway with just under 3 minutes left.

"The second period for us has not been good at all so we definitely wanted to change that," Senators center Mike Fisher said. "We talked about it and we came out strong. We gave up that goal late in the first which was kind of a bad bounce, but we came out from there and just played our game. We skated hard, hit hard, we all game together and it started with great goaltending."

The first period was scoreless until the final seconds. Vermette won a faceoff against Chris Drury, but he swatted the puck with his glove into the slot where Afinogenov fired a one-timer past Emery as time expired.

The only goal of the second period came on the power play as Schaefer popped a rebound over Miller's shoulder at 5:11.

Notes: The Sabres called up Michael Funk and sent Mike Card back to the Rochester of the AHL following Friday night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Funk had missed two games with a groin injury.

scoring summary
1st Period
19:59
BUF
Maxim Afinogenov (10) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
05:11
OTT
PPG - Peter Schaefer (3) ASST: Chris Neil (6), Mike Fisher (10)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
01:22
OTT
PPG - Dany Heatley (11) ASST: Jason Spezza (15), Daniel Alfredsson (12)
2 - 1 OTT
14:50
OTT
Antoine Vermette (8) ASST: Peter Schaefer (5), Anton Volchenkov (5)
3 - 1 OTT
17:17
OTT
Chris Phillips (2) ASST: Dany Heatley (12)
4 - 1 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
03:03
BUF
Andrew Peters  Fighting (maj) against  Brian McGrattan
03:03
OTT
Brian McGrattan  Fighting (maj) against  Andrew Peters
05:40
BUF
Jason Pominville  Hooking against  Chris Neil
11:51
BUF
Jiri Novotny  Hi-sticking against  Joe Corvo
15:11
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson  Hooking against  Jiri Novotny
2nd Period
00:48
BUF
Ales Kotalik  Hooking against  Joe Corvo
03:27
BUF
Jiri Novotny  Tripping against  Patrick Eaves
05:18
OTT
Chris Phillips  Interference against  Jason Pominville
07:51
BUF
Maxim Afinogenov  Hooking against  Anton Volchenkov
14:12
OTT
Joe Corvo  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
01:11
BUF
Jason Pominville  Cross checking against  Anton Volchenkov
02:02
BUF
Maxim Afinogenov  Roughing against  Jason Spezza
02:02
OTT
Jason Spezza  Roughing against  Thomas Vanek
04:08
BUF
Dmitri Kalinin  Hooking against  Chris Kelly
05:00
OTT
Joe Corvo  Interference against  Paul Gaustad
05:35
BUF
Nathan Paetsch  Roughing against  Peter Schaefer
05:35
BUF
Adam Mair  Too many men/ice - bench
11:09
OTT
Jason Spezza  Hooking against  Drew Stafford
15:09
BUF
Andrew Peters  Misconduct (10 min) against  Chris Neil
15:09
OTT
Chris Phillips  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
15:09
OTT
Chris Neil  Misconduct (10 min) against  Andrew Peters
goalie stats
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
SA: 41TOI: 59:54
Saves: 37EV: 25 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 14
SV%: .902SH: 0 - 0
Ray Emery
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .958SH: 2 - 2