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Senators 3, Sabres 2

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:13 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 3, Sabres 2
Buffalo Sabres 2, Ottawa Senators 3

OTTAWA - Daniel Alfredsson scored a pair of first-period goals and Martin Gerber made 35 saves for his NHL-leading 12th win in the Ottawa Senators' 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

Alfredsson, who played his 800th regular-season game, opened the scoring with his 14th goal 6:32 in. The Ottawa captain got his second goal of the period - his 15th of the season - on a power play at 18:53.

Shean Donovan scored in the second period for the Senators, who improved to 15-2-0.

Jochen Hecht and Derek Roy scored for Buffalo, which has lost three straight, and six of seven (1-5-1).

Ryan Miller stopped 31 shots for the Sabres.

The Sabres never led, extending a dubious streak to eight games. Buffalo, which has two overtime wins in its past eight games, has gone 487 minutes, 35 seconds without holding a lead in regulation since a 4-2 win in Florida on Oct. 26.

Roy drew the Sabres within one 11:27 into the third when he scored on a 5-on-3 advantage.

Senators centre Jason Spezza returned to the lineup after missing six games because of a groin injury.

Roy missed a wonderful opportunity to give the Sabres an early lead when he hit the right post 3:20 into the opening period as he put a shot at a wide-open net right across the goalmouth after receiving Thomas Vanek's 2-on-1 pass from the right side.

Hecht got the Sabres even 58 seconds after Alfredsson gave Ottawa a brief early lead when he batted a loose puck past Gerber for his fifth goal at 7:30.

Alfredsson restored the Senators' lead with 1:07 left in the first and Donovan extended the margin to 3-1 with his third goal 16:48 into the second.

Notes: Sabres C Tim Connolly missed his fourth straight game because of a strained abdominal muscle ... Senators RW Chris Neil played his 400th regular-season game.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:32
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Fisher (9), Dany Heatley (12)
1 - 0 OTT
07:30
BUF
Jochen Hecht (5) Tip-in - ASST: Nolan Pratt (1)
1 - 1 Tie
18:53
OTT
PPG - Daniel Alfredsson (15) Wrist shot - ASST: Wade Redden (7), Dany Heatley (13)
2 - 1 OTT
2nd Period
16:48
OTT
Shean Donovan (3) Snap shot - ASST: Mike Fisher (10), Christoph Schubert (3)
3 - 1 OTT
3rd Period
11:27
BUF
PPG - Derek Roy (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Pominville (7), Ales Kotalik (6)
3 - 2 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
16:14
OTT
Dany Heatley  Hooking against  Derek Roy
17:59
BUF
Maxim Afinogenov  Hooking against  Mike Fisher
2nd Period
06:14
OTT
Christoph Schubert  Hooking against  Nathan Paetsch
06:14
OTT
Christoph Schubert  Unsportsmanlike conduct
12:38
BUF
Jaroslav Spacek  Interference against  Chris Kelly
17:13
BUF
Paul Gaustad  Hooking against  Dany Heatley
17:43
BUF
Toni Lydman  Hooking against  Dany Heatley
3rd Period
02:52
BUF
Clarke MacArthur  Hooking against  Joe Corvo
04:57
OTT
Randy Robitaille  Hooking against  Henrik Tallinder
09:36
OTT
Chris Phillips  Tripping against  Michael Ryan
11:17
OTT
Andrej Meszaros  Tripping against  Derek Roy
12:52
OTT
Chris Kelly  Tripping against  Paul Gaustad
16:52
BUF
Derek Roy  Tripping against  Chris Phillips
19:34
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Slashing against  Antoine Vermette
goalie stats
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
SA: 34TOI: 59:13
Saves: 31EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 13
SV%: .912SH: 2 - 2
Martin Gerber
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
Saves: 35EV: 27 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .946SH: 1 - 1