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December 11, 2013

Better late than never

Sabres edge the Senators in shootout, 2-1, Tuesday

BUFFALO —

Zemgus Girgensons scored the tying goal in the second period and added a score in the 10th round of a shootout to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.
Ryan Miller made 35 saves for the Sabres, who snapped a three-game losing skid. Matt Moulson, Brian Flynn and Steve Ott also scored for Buffalo in the shootout.
With his 46th shootout win, Miller took sole possession of the record for most shootout wins in NHL history. The Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist has 45.
Milan Michalek scored Ottawa’s goal and Robin Lehner made 35 saves. The Senators’ shootout scorers were Mika Zibanejad, Kyle Turris and Michalek.
Buffalo is 4-0 in games decided by a shootout, while Ottawa fell to 0-5.
Jamie McBain appeared to give the Sabres a second-period lead at the 15:30 mark when Lehner pushed a loose puck into his own net, but referee Tom Kowal ruled that the whistle had blown.
The play was reviewed and fans were treated to a replay with the on-ice volume amplified that showed the puck crossing the line before the whistle blew.
The NHL released a statement saying there was a delayed penalty on Ottawa which should’ve stopped play when Ottawa touched the puck.
The Sabres hadn’t played since Saturday and controlled much of the first two periods against a Senators team playing a third game in four nights.
Ottawa scored first on a 2-on-1 rush 6:25 into the first period, when Michalek beat Miller for his fifth goal of the season.
Buffalo nearly tied it when Erik Karlsson took a hooking call at the 9:14 mark of the second period, but Lehner made four saves on Buffalo’s first power play of the night to protect the 1-0 lead.
Girgensons had the game-tying goal.
Christian Ehrhoff took a wrist shot that Lehner kicked to his right and Girgensons swatted at the loose puck. It beat Lehner between the legs, hitting each skate before crawling over the goal line.

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