Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online
February 6, 2014
Ouch!!! This one hurts
Sens score with 23 seconds left to beat rock bottom Sabres
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
OTTAWA, Canada —
Milan Michalek scored his second goal of the game with 23 second left as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Thursday.
The Sabres had fought back to tie the game with two third-period goals, but Senators captain Jason Spezza found Michalek in the slot and he beat Jhonas Enroth over the shoulder for the winner.
Erik Karlsson also scored for the Senators and Craig Anderson made 30 saves.
Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford scored for the Sabres, who lost for the fourth straight time. Enroth made 33 saves.
The Senators led 1-0 heading into the third and then the play opened up.
It started with Michalek doubling the Senators’ lead 10 seconds into the period on a perfect pass from Spezza, allowing Michalek to redirect the puck.
Spezza nearly scored himself on a great individual effort as he fought through the Sabres defense but was stopped by Enroth.
Ottawa got into penalty trouble but was fortunate when Ennis hit the post on one power play.
The Sabres had a five-on three advantage for 17 seconds but were unable to get a shot on goal.
Ennis finally broke Anderson’s shutout bid at 10:25 of the third when the puck came to him in front after a failed wrap-around attempt by Stafford.
The puck rolled off Stafford’s stick right to Ennis who fired into an empty net.
Stafford tied the game at 15:46 when he grabbed a rebound and went around Anderson, who was down and out on the play.
The three previous games between the Sabres and Senators produced only seven goals, and it seemed more of the same through the first two periods.
Karlsson got that goal when he shot from along the boards eluded Enroth to give the Senators a 1-0 lead just 3:12 into the second period.
Despite seven power plays through the first two periods there were few quality scoring chances.
One the Sabres did have though came late in the second when Stafford drove the Senators net from just above the goal line but he was unable tip the puck through Anderson.