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Sabres 6, Senators 4

Sunday, 03.13.2011 / 7:53 PM

Associated Press

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Sabres 6, Senators 4
Ottawa Senators 4, Buffalo Sabres 6

BUFFALO — Tyler Ennis scored two goals and Jhonas Enroth made 34 saves to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 6-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

The game was played hours after former Sabres great Rick Martin died in a one-car accident. A moment of silence was observed in honour of Martin, a member of the Sabres' famed French Connection line.

Thomas Vanek and Paul Gaustad both had a goal and an assist, and Nathan Gerbe and Brad Boyes also scored for Buffalo, which moved into seventh place in the Eastern Conference, tying the idle New York Rangers. Mike Weber had a career-high three assists.

Each Sabres player wore a helmet sticker featuring Martin's name, his uniform number 7 and a fleur-de-lis. The coaching staff wore the sticker on their lapels.

Jason Spezza scored twice and had two assists for Ottawa, which went 3-1 on its four-game road trip but couldn't match a season-best, four-game winning streak. Colin Greening and Erik Karlsson also scored for the Senators.

Buffalo scored twice in a 33-second span early in the second period to take a 4-2 lead and send goalie Craig Anderson to the bench. Anderson stopped 13-of-17 shots and backup Curtis McElhinney made 14 saves.

Ennis scored 97 seconds into the second period, breaking a 2-2 tie on a sharp wrist shot from the right circle. Gaustad then banged away at a rebound to give Buffalo a two-goal cushion.

Spezza got the Senators closer midway through the frame when he banked in a shot from behind the net off goalie Jhonas Enroth for his second goal. It was Spezza's second multi-goal game of the season and first since Nov. 9 against Atlanta.

Gerbe made it 5-3 when he scored with a slap shot from the left circle with 5:26 left in the period.

Boyes pushed the lead to three in the third period while trying to deliver a backhanded pass from the left circle to Jason Pominville, who was ready for an easy tap-in. The puck crossed the goal line before Pominville made contact.

Ennis gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead 5-1/2 minutes in when he took a pass in the slot and deked to his left before easily backhanding the puck behind Anderson.

Three minutes later, Spezza scored on the power play, swiping in a loose pack from behind Enroth, who couldn't completely control a rebound.

With 7-1/2 minutes left, Vanek converted a breakaway after he got behind three defenders at the blue line and took a lead pass from Gaustad.

Then with less than two minutes left, Colin Greening backhanded a shot through Enroth's legs to force a 2-2 tie.

NOTES: Buffalo went 5-1 against Ottawa this season ... Gaustad came back from a one-game injury absence. RWs Drew Stafford and Patrick Kaleta remained out with lower body injuries ... Ottawa netted a power-play goal for a third straight game, the third time this season it has posted a streak of that length ... Buffalo played its first home game after a 4-2-1 road trip and will be home for six of its next eight ... Spezza has scored in back-to-back games for the second time this season ... The Senators return home to Scotiabank for their next three games, starting Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30 p.m., Sportsnet East, Team 1200).

scoring summary
1st Period
05:40
BUF
Tyler Ennis (16) Backhand shot - ASST: Tim Connolly (21), Andrej Sekera (21)
1 - 0 BUF
08:52
OTT
PPG - Jason Spezza (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Erik Karlsson (28), Sergei Gonchar (20)
1 - 1 Tie
12:26
BUF
Thomas Vanek (25) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Gaustad (15), Mike Weber (8)
2 - 1 BUF
18:16
OTT
Colin Greening (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Jesse Winchester (7), Jason Spezza (23)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
01:37
BUF
Tyler Ennis (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Tim Connolly (22), Mike Weber (9)
3 - 2 BUF
02:10
BUF
Paul Gaustad (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Mark Mancari (2), Thomas Vanek (35)
4 - 2 BUF
09:39
OTT
Jason Spezza (15) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
4 - 3 BUF
14:34
BUF
Nathan Gerbe (9) Slapshot - ASST: Mike Weber (10), Jason Pominville (22)
5 - 3 BUF
3rd Period
08:16
BUF
Brad Boyes (16) Backhand shot - ASST: Jason Pominville (23), Andrej Sekera (22)
6 - 3 BUF
19:15
OTT
Erik Karlsson (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Spezza (24)
6 - 4 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
08:36
BUF
Chris Butler  Interference against  Nick Foligno
19:41
BUF
Andrej Sekera  Charging against  Chris Phillips
19:56
BUF
Chris Butler  Hooking against  Erik Karlsson
19:56
OTT
Erik Karlsson  Diving against  Thomas Vanek
19:56
OTT
Erik Karlsson  Unsportsmanlike conduct
2nd Period
17:42
BUF
Jochen Hecht  Hooking against  Erik Karlsson
18:52
BUF
Chris Butler  Cross checking against  Bobby Butler
3rd Period
06:16
OTT
Filip Kuba  Hooking against  Tyler Myers
goalie stats
Curtis McElhinney
SA: 16TOI: 37:50
Saves: 14EV: 12 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
Craig Anderson
SA: 17TOI: 22:10
Saves: 13EV: 13 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .765SH: 0 - 0
Jhonas Enroth
Jhonas Enroth
5-2-1
SA: 38TOI: 59:45
Saves: 34EV: 28 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .895SH: 0 - 0