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Senators 5, Sabres 2

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:56 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 5, Sabres 2
Ottawa Senators 5, Buffalo Sabres 2
 

BUFFALO - Jason Spezza had two goals and an assist and Alex Auld made 25 saves in Ottawa's 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night that snapped the Senators' four-game losing streak.

The Sabres (6-1-2) came in as the only Eastern Conference team without a regulation loss.

Dany Heatley had a goal and an assist and Christoph Schubert and Shean Donovan also scored for the Senators (3-5-1), while Daniel Alfredsson added two assists.

Auld, playing in his third straight game in relief of injured starter Martin Gerber, improved to 5-0-2 lifetime against the Sabres. Ottawa won for the eighth time in the last 13 games against the Sabres in Buffalo.

Clarke MacArthur and Derek Roy scored, and Patrick Lalime finished with 23 saves for the Sabres, who have lost two straight, including a 2-1 shootout loss to Colorado on Saturday.

Buffalo, the top defensive team in the league after allowing just 1.6 goals per game coming in, was without defencemen Craig Rivet (knee) and Henrik Tallinder (lower leg laceration).

After Schubert scored his first of the season late in the first period while on the power play, Ottawa broke the game open with a three-goal second period.

Heatley made it 2-0 just 19 seconds into the second on the power play, wristing a shot from the slot past Lalime.

Spezza scored 4:29 later, lifting the puck over a sprawled Lalime on a partial breakaway, then increased Ottawa's lead to 4-0 late in the second by banging home a bouncing puck in the crease.

Donovan made it 5-0 nearly six minutes into the third after redirecting Jesse Winchester's pass in tight before MacArthur spoiled Auld's shutout bid with a power-play goal with Ottawa down two men with 5:23 remaining in regulation.

Roy capped the scoring on the power play with 32 seconds to go.

Buffalo converted just two of its 10 power-play opportunities.

Notes: Commissioner Gary Bettman was at the game after attending an afternoon news conference that announced Buffalo will host the 2011 world junior hockey championship ... Tallinder missed his first game after sustaining a cut just above his ankle against Colorado, while Rivet is still recovering from knee surgery. ... Gerber continues to be sidelined because of a pulled leg muscle. ... Buffalo had played in four consecutive games that went into overtime or a shootout. .. The Senators are 16-5-4 against the Sabres over the past four seasons. ... Ottawa will play six of its next nine on the road, including Thursday's matchup with the Panthers in Sunrise, Fla. (7 p.m., NHL Network, Team 1200) ... Lalime played five years for the Senators from 1999-2004 ... Ottawa D Filip Kuba had his eight-game point streak snapped.

scoring summary
1st Period
18:06
OTT
PPG - Christoph Schubert (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
1 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
00:19
OTT
PPG - Dany Heatley (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Spezza (7), Daniel Alfredsson (5)
2 - 0 OTT
04:48
OTT
Jason Spezza (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Antoine Vermette (1)
3 - 0 OTT
18:18
OTT
Jason Spezza (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Dany Heatley (6), Daniel Alfredsson (6)
4 - 0 OTT
3rd Period
05:50
OTT
Shean Donovan (3) Tip-in - ASST: Jesse Winchester (2), Dean McAmmond (2)
5 - 0 OTT
14:37
BUF
PPG - Clarke MacArthur (4) Tip-in - ASST: Maxim Afinogenov (6), Andrej Sekera (4)
5 - 1 OTT
19:28
BUF
PPG - Teppo Numminen (1) Tip-in - ASST: Nathan Paetsch (2), Maxim Afinogenov (7)
5 - 2 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
00:15
OTT
Jason Spezza  Hooking against  Andrej Sekera
04:05
BUF
Nathan Paetsch  Holding against  Chris Neil
08:18
BUF
Jaroslav Spacek  Hi-sticking against  Dany Heatley
11:07
OTT
Filip Kuba  Tripping against  Thomas Vanek
16:31
BUF
Adam Mair  Elbowing against  Shean Donovan
18:54
BUF
Maxim Afinogenov  Unsportsmanlike conduct
2nd Period
02:34
OTT
Jason Spezza  Too many men/ice - bench
06:20
OTT
Nick Foligno  Holding against  Matt Ellis
09:54
OTT
Antoine Vermette  Holding against  Andrej Sekera
16:02
BUF
Mike Weber  Tripping against  Mike Fisher
16:02
OTT
Mike Fisher  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Weber
16:02
BUF
Mike Weber  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Fisher
18:43
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Hooking against  Maxim Afinogenov
3rd Period
00:31
OTT
Chris Kelly  Hooking against  Derek Roy
02:49
BUF
Toni Lydman  Hooking against  Dean McAmmond
08:07
OTT
Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  Andrew Peters
08:07
BUF
Andrew Peters  Misconduct (10 min) against  Chris Neil
08:07
OTT
Jason Smith  Misconduct (10 min)
08:07
BUF
Andrew Peters  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
12:57
OTT
Dany Heatley  Tripping against  Jaroslav Spacek
13:02
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
18:12
BUF
Patrick Kaleta  Roughing against  Jarkko Ruutu
18:12
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Andrew Peters
18:12
OTT
Chris Neil  Misconduct (10 min)
18:12
BUF
Adam Mair  Misconduct (10 min)
18:12
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Roughing against  Patrick Kaleta
goalie stats
Alex Auld
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 10 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 14
SV%: .926SH: 3 - 3
Patrick Lalime
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 12 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .821SH: 3 - 3