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Sabres 5, Senators 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Sabres 5, Senators 1
Ottawa Senators 1, Buffalo Sabres 5
Three Stars of the Game
Derek Roy
1st
Derek Roy
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 20:22
Jhonas Enroth
2nd
Jhonas Enroth
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 35-35
PIM: 0PP: 0-1
SV%: .973SH: 1-1
Drew Stafford
3rd
Drew Stafford
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 3Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 20:03

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Jhonas Enroth made 36 saves, and Derek Roy had a goal and two assists for the Buffalo Sabres in their 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Friday night.

Matt Ellis, Jordan Leopold, Luke Adam, and Ville Leino also scored for the Sabres (10-5), who won their fourth straight after a 1-4 stretch. It was Buffalo's eighth win in nine meetings with Ottawa.

Enroth, making his fifth start of the season — and third in four games — was solid throughout. His best save came midway through the second period when he robbed Zack Smith's tap-in attempt on a 2-on-1 break while the Senators were shorthanded.

Drew Stafford added three assists for the Sabres.

Sergei Gonchar scored for slumping Ottawa (7-9-1), which dropped to 0-4-1 since a six-game winning streak.

Craig Anderson let in two goals on six shots over the first 2 1/2 minutes of the game before being pulled. Alex Auld finished with 12 saves in relief for the Senators.

Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson returned after missing five games because of a concussion sustained when he was hit in the head by New York Rangers forward Wojtek Wolski on Oct. 29.

Up by two goals after two periods, the Sabres pushed their lead to 4-1 when Adam shoveled home Thomas Vanek's nifty pass from in tight four minutes into the third.

Leino made it 5-1 just 57 seconds later with his second goal of the season and first since the season opener.

The Sabres struck first with a pair of goals 16 seconds apart early in the first to chase Anderson. Roy netted his fifth off a rebound before Ellis chipped the puck in from the slot with a backhand at 2:25.

Ottawa closed the gap to 2-1 on Gonchar's power-play goal 4:38 into the first. From the right circle, he one-timed Erik Karlsson's cross-ice pass past Enroth.

Buffalo regained its two-goal edge on Leopold's goal with 5:20 to go in the opening period.

NOTES: The Senators began a six-game road stretch which continues Saturday night in Toronto against the Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC, Team 1200) ... Sabres RW Patrick Kaleta served the fourth and final game of his NHL suspension for head-butting Philadelphia Flyers winger Jakub Voracek on Nov. 2 ... Ottawa RW Chris Neil missed the game because of a high ankle sprain sustained in Wednesday's loss to the New York Rangers. He won't play Saturday in Toronto ... Roy extended his point streak to four games. ... The Sabres have scored three goals in the first period in consecutive games, the first time they have done that since March 2008.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:09
BUF
Derek Roy (5) ASST: Drew Stafford (4), Christian Ehrhoff (8)
1 - 0 BUF
02:25
BUF
Matt Ellis (1) ASST: Corey Tropp (1), Cody McCormick (2)
2 - 0 BUF
04:38
OTT
PPG - Sergei Gonchar (1) ASST: Erik Karlsson (14), Jason Spezza (11)
2 - 1 BUF
14:40
BUF
Jordan Leopold (3) ASST: Drew Stafford (5), Derek Roy (6)
3 - 1 BUF
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
04:00
BUF
Luke Adam (5) ASST: Thomas Vanek (9), Jason Pominville (13)
4 - 1 BUF
04:57
BUF
Ville Leino (2) ASST: Drew Stafford (6), Derek Roy (7)
5 - 1 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
02:35
BUF
Robyn Regehr  Tripping against  Jason Spezza
04:12
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Hi-sticking against  Stephane Da Costa
15:43
BUF
Paul Gaustad  Tripping against  Jared Cowen
16:19
OTT
Nick Foligno  Holding against  Derek Roy
18:41
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Holding against  Nick Foligno
2nd Period
07:38
OTT
Jared Cowen  Hooking against  Jason Pominville
09:20
OTT
Jesse Winchester  Hi-sticking against  Derek Roy
14:25
OTT
Zenon Konopka  Interference against  Jhonas Enroth
3rd Period
05:39
OTT
Chris Phillips  Holding against  Brad Boyes
goalie stats
Alex Auld
SA: 15TOI: 57:35
Saves: 12EV: 7 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .800SH: 0 - 0
Craig Anderson
SA: 6TOI: 2:25
Saves: 4EV: 4 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .667SH: 0 - 0
Jhonas Enroth
Jhonas Enroth
5-0-0
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
Saves: 36EV: 35 - 35
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .973SH: 1 - 1