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Senators 6, Sabres 5

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:17 AM

Associated Press

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OTTAWA (AP) -Jason Spezza and the Ottawa Senators particularly enjoyed their latest win.

Spezza scored his second goal of the night on a power play with 4:07 remaining and Ottawa beat the Buffalo Sabres 6-5 Saturday in a rematch of their fight-filled game two days earlier.

"It was definitely satisfying," Spezza said. "We wanted to win one and beat these guys. We have a pretty good rivalry with them now and the win was important to us."

Dany Heatley got his team-leading 36th goal and set up both of Spezza's goals for the Senators, who recovered after blowing a three-goal lead.

"They never give up," Heatley said. "We had the lead on them in Buffalo the other night and they came back and eventually won in the shootout. Tonight, we had the lead on them and they never quit. They kept coming at us."

There were two fights in the second period, and Ottawa's Mike Comrie and Buffalo's Derek Roy were penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for their shoving match following Heatley's power-play goal 6:12 into the second.

But this matchup hardly resembled the melee that ensued Thursday night after Chris Neil's blind-side hit on Chris Drury left the Buffalo co-captain with a 20-stitch gash to his forehead and concussion-type symptoms. He is out indefinitely.

Ruff then sent out tough guys Patrick Kaleta, Andrew Peters and Adam Mair to take a faceoff against Heatley, Spezza and Comrie. After the brawl, which led to three players being ejected, Ruff admitted telling his players, "Go out and run 'em."

Ruff, who complained to the referees that Neil used his elbow, was fined $10,000 by the NHL on Saturday for his role in the brawl. NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell met with both teams' coaches and general managers earlier in the day and attended the game.

Neil, who was not penalized for his hit and insisted he caught Drury with a clean shoulder check, was involved in one of the fights Saturday when he squared off with Mair at 8:39 of the second.

About five minutes earlier, Senators enforcer Brian McGrattan, who dressed for the first time in 10 games, fought with Peters.

In the first period, Kaleta threw a big check on McGrattan.

"I thought Pat Kaleta almost put McGrattan into our dressing room," Ruff said. "If that wasn't a big enough message ...

"I thought our guys were fearless. We went out and we were going through people, they were going through people. It turned out to be a tough hockey game at times. It turned out to be an exciting game."

With the score tied at 5 in the third period, Heatley caught Sabres goalie Ryan Miller playing the puck behind the net and put a centering pass to Spezza, who scored into a wide-open net just 7 seconds after Teppo Numminen was penalized for interference.

Henrik Tallinder drew Buffalo even at 5 with his second goal of the game 11:35 into the third as the Sabres fought back from a 4-1 deficit.

"I thought both teams were trying to be physical but I am so impressed when we can play two rookies against their top line and be within minutes of at least tying the game," Ruff said. "There's no shame in that room."

Tallinder, who gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead with his third goal of the season 2:27 in, drove a slap shot from the point through traffic over Ray Emery's right shoulder for his first career two-goal game.

"They talked a lot of smack before the game and I thought we were a team that came out and we had a lot of presence, we didn't back down," said Miller, who took over from Martin Biron 8:03 into the second and stopped 19 of 21 shots. "For everything McGrattan was chirping in warmup, he got run over by Pat Kaleta. And I wonder how Petey's fists felt in his face - it couldn't have been that great. Petey smoked him a few times."

Tomas Vanek, who shot wide on a penalty shot in the second, cut Ottawa's lead to 5-4 at 7:11 when he swatted home a loose puck lying on the goal line behind Emery, who fought with - and was ejected along with - both counterpart Biron and Peters in Ottawa's 6-5 shootout loss in Buffalo on Thursday.

Heatley assisted on Spezza's short-handed goal in the first period and scored the first of three Senators goals within 1:51 to chase Biron 8:03 into the second.

Daniel Alfredsson scored Ottawa's fifth goal 2:34 into the third after Roy and Jason Pominville scored to draw Buffalo to 4-3.

Christoph Schubert and Chris Kelly scored goals 50 seconds apart during a 4-on-4. Heatley put Ottawa up 2-1 with his 36th goal 6:12 into the second and Schubert made it 3-1 at 7:13 when he completed a sensational passing play.

Notes: Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere narrowly missed restoring Buffalo's lead at the end of the first when time expired a fraction of a second before his shot off a rebound crossed the goal line.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:27
BUF
Henrik Tallinder (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Drew Stafford (6)
1 - 0 BUF
14:44
OTT
SHG - Jason Spezza (24) Snap shot - ASST: Dany Heatley (42)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
06:12
OTT
PPG - Dany Heatley (36) Wrist shot - ASST: Tom Preissing (26), Wade Redden (20)
2 - 1 OTT
07:13
OTT
Christoph Schubert (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (41), Mike Fisher (20)
3 - 1 OTT
08:03
OTT
Chris Kelly (12) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
4 - 1 OTT
15:33
BUF
PPG - Derek Roy (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Thomas Vanek (28)
4 - 2 OTT
3rd Period
00:38
BUF
Jason Pominville (25) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Briere (49), Jochen Hecht (23)
4 - 3 OTT
02:34
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (22) Wrist shot - ASST: Peter Schaefer (25), Mike Fisher (21)
5 - 3 OTT
07:11
BUF
Thomas Vanek (32) Wrist shot - ASST: Brian Campbell (30), Drew Stafford (7)
5 - 4 OTT
11:35
BUF
Henrik Tallinder (4) Slapshot - ASST: Daniel Briere (50)
5 - 5 Tie
15:53
OTT
PPG - Jason Spezza (25) Wrist shot - ASST: Dany Heatley (43), Wade Redden (21)
6 - 5 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
05:59
BUF
Jason Pominville  Hooking against  Jason Spezza
12:45
OTT
Chris Neil  Slashing against  Jason Pominville
15:21
OTT
Chris Neil  Roughing against  Adam Mair
15:46
OTT
Chris Phillips  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
16:04
BUF
Daniel Briere  Hooking against  Daniel Alfredsson
19:36
OTT
Mike Fisher  Hooking against  Daniel Briere
2nd Period
03:44
BUF
Andrew Peters  Fighting (maj) against  Brian McGrattan
03:44
OTT
Brian McGrattan  Fighting (maj) against  Andrew Peters
05:39
BUF
Mark Mancari  Hooking against  Tom Preissing
06:12
OTT
Mike Comrie  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Derek Roy
06:12
BUF
Derek Roy  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Mike Comrie
08:39
BUF
Adam Mair  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
08:39
OTT
Chris Neil  Roughing against  Patrick Kaleta
08:39
OTT
Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  Adam Mair
10:04
BUF
Jochen Hecht  Holding against  Mike Fisher
14:30
OTT
Dany Heatley  Hooking against  Toni Lydman
15:52
OTT
Dany Heatley  Interference against  Patrick Kaleta
3rd Period
04:11
BUF
Adam Mair  Slashing against  Christoph Schubert
15:46
BUF
Teppo Numminen  Interference against  Mike Comrie
19:28
BUF
Clarke MacArthur  Too many men/ice - bench
19:58
OTT
Mike Fisher  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
goalie stats
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
SA: 21TOI: 31:39
Saves: 19EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .905SH: 0 - 0
Martin Biron
Martin Biron
SA: 16TOI: 28:03
Saves: 12EV: 8 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .750SH: 1 - 2
Ray Emery
SA: 36TOI: 59:49
Saves: 31EV: 24 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .861SH: 1 - 1