Sabres Outlast Senators, 6-4

Despite playing their second game in less than 24 hours, the Sabres didn’t show any signs of fatigue. The Sabres saluted the fans before leaving the ice, pointing their sticks toward the No. 7 banner.

The Sabres honored Rick Martin as the team wore stickers on its helmets. Ryan Miller got a day of rest on Sunday as Jhonas Enroth received the start in net against Ottawa.

10 different Sabres earned at least a point in the 6-4 victory over Ottawa on Sunday.

Mike Weber had three assists and Enroth earned his first NHL victory in regulation.

Once again, the Sabres scored first in this one, but allowed the opposition to tie it up. Tyler Ennis opened the scoring with his 16th goal of the season. Ottawa cashed in just seconds after receiving its first power play opportunity with a goal from Jason Spezza.

The Sabres regained the lead when Thomas Vanek busted through the defense and beat Anderson. The Senators’ Colin Greening scored on what looked to be a broken play to knot the game at two.

The offensive battle continued in the second period. Buffalo broke the period open with two goals 33 seconds apart. Tyler Ennis tallied his second goal of the night and Paul Gaustad knocked home a rebound to put the Sabres up 4-2.

The Senators pulled Anderson and replaced him with backup Curtis McElhinney after Buffalo’s 4th goal. Anderson stopped 13 of 17 shots.

Halfway through the second period, Spezza struck again, bring the Senators back within one goal. But Nathan Gerbe ripped a shot past McElhiney to give the Sabres a 5-3 lead.

Spezza’s success continued against Buffalo as he recorded three points on the night. He now has 57 points in 43 career games against the Sabres and is a +18.

Brad Boyes was credited with Buffalo’s sixth goal of the night after he attempted a pass to Pominville in front of the net that was redirected by an Ottawa defenseman into his own net.

With 45 seconds to go in the third period, Ottawa added its fourth goal of the night. Erik Karlsson’s goal brought the Senators within two, but as time ran out, it was Buffalo who was victorious.

With the win, the Sabres move back into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Jochen Hecht left the game and did not return.

The Sabres will host Carolina on Tuesday. That game will be on versus.

Kevin Freiheit
Kevin Freiheit
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