@ 7:00 PM
Ottawa: Nov 4 vs. Canadiens Loss 2-1
Buffalo: Nov 4 vs. Flames Win 2-1
Rank In Conference:
Power Play Ranking:
Penalty Kill Ranking:
Ottawa: Michalek(8), Spezza(6), Greening and Alfredsson(4), Neil, Foligno, and Da Costa(3)
Buffalo: Vanek(8), Pominville(5), Adam and Stafford(4), Gerbe(3)
Ottawa: Karlsson(12), Spezza and Gonchar(9), Michalek and Kuba(5), Greening, Neil, and Z. Smith(4)
Buffalo: Pominville(10), Vanek(8), Adam(7) Ehrhoff(6)
Ottawa: Spezza(15), Michalek and Karlsson(13), Gonchar(9), Greening(8)
Buffalo: Vanek(16), Pominville(15), Adam(11), Ehrhoff and Gerbe(7)
Ottawa: Regin and Z. Smith(+3), Kuba, Winchester and Filatov(+1), Neil, Konopka, and Condra(EV), B. Butler, Daugavins, and Cowen(-1)
Buffalo: Sekera(+8), Gerbe(+6), Vanek(+5), Pominville, Gragnani, Gaustad, and Myers(+3)
Ottawa: Konopka(54), Neil(52), Z. Smith(26), Karlsson(14)
Buffalo: McCormick(19), Gaustad and Kaleta(18), Stafford(14), Vanek and Regehr(10)
Ottawa: Karlsson(47), Michalek(41), Spezza(40), Greening(33)
Buffalo: Vanek(45), Pominville(37), Stafford and Gerbe(31), Adam and Roy(27)
Ottawa: Kuba(25), Phillips(23), Rundblad(15), Z. Smith(13)
Buffalo: Myers(19), Regehr(18), Ehrhoff(15), Leopold(11)
Ottawa: Neil(41), Cowen(34), Foligno(33), Greening(30)
Buffalo: Regehr(32), Kaleta(30), McCormick(19), Gaustad(18)
Ottawa: Spezza(181), Z. Smith(74), Da Costa(46), Konopka(35)
Buffalo: Roy(124), Gaustad(109), Adam(51), Pominville(40)
Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Ottawa: Craig Anderson 3.66 GAA .883 SV%
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 4-5-0 2.48 GAA .922 SV% 1 SO
Last Meeting: Mar 13 Sabres Won 6-4
Season Series: Sabres Won 5-1-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 53-39-14
All-Time at OTT: Sabres Lead 24-20-10
Surging Canadiens hold off Senators 2-1
KANATA, Ont. – The Montreal Canadiens showed no indications of rust after five days of rest.
Erik Cole and Andrei Kostitsyn scored three minutes apart late in the second period and the Canadiens got 33 saves by Carey Price to beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Friday night for their fourth consecutive victory.
Montreal has now reached the .500 mark after going 1-5-2 in its first eight games — the Canadiens’ worst start in 70 years.
“It was important to come out and have a good night,” Price said. “When you sit around for a week, you have a lot of time to dwell on three wins, so I’m glad our guys knew to come in focused and reset.
Ottawa’s lone goal came from Zack Smith early in the third period. Craig Anderson stopped 24 shots, dropping the club to 7-7-1. It’s the second consecutive loss for the Senators, who had their six-game winning streak snapped with a 5-3 loss at Boston on Tuesday.
The play of Price and the work of his penalty-killers were the difference for Montreal. The Habs stifled the League’s top power play, killing off all four Ottawa advantages.
“We got some key saves from the goalie at times,” Montreal coach Jacques Martin said. “I thought our penalty killers did a good job. They worked hard and we know that (Ottawa) has great net presence and they move the puck around very well.”
Ottawa coach Paul MacLean admitted that the lack of power-play production was a factor.
“We really could’ve used (a power-play goal) tonight,” MacLean said. “Montreal did a good job of getting in the shooting lanes and not letting us get the puck to the net from the point, and we didn’t did make the adjustments to get it to the net properly.”
Sabres hold off Flames for 2-1 win
Thanks to their secret weapon, the Buffalo Sabres got a win they had to have.
Backup goaltender Jhonas Enroth stopped 29 shots for his third win in as many starts this season as the Sabres beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 on Friday night
The Sabres came into the finale of a five-game homestand with just one win due to their failure to put together a complete game. That changed on Friday, with Sabres firing 37 shots at backup goaltender Henrik Karlsson in the final 40 minutes and 44 overall.
“I thought our puck movement and execution was probably our best game of the year when it comes to that,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “Skating-wise, excellent game, and passing-wise. I’ve said when the puck movement is good from our defensive forwards, we get a lot of things done.”
Added forward Drew Stafford, whose first-period goal gave the Sabres (7-5-0) an early lead: “With the way things have gone, we needed a big win like this. We were going through a little bit of a rough patch, some tough games, and not necessarily playing a full 60 minutes. But tonight I thought that was a little bit different. We had a solid game against a team that has been playing pretty well.”
They also had Enroth, who improved to 12-3-2 in his career even though he had his scoreless string of 107:39 snapped when Calgary’s Alex Tanguay scored early in the third period.
“We finally got a win here, and everyone can stop talking that we can’t win here,” Enroth said after the Sabres won for just the second time in six games at First Niagara Center. “It was really nice, and we’re back on track now.”
This Day In Sabres History:
Briere scores 2 Goals including the OT Winner vs. Rangers
On This Date in 2006 Daniel Briere recored 2 goals including the game winner in a Sabres 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers. Thomas Vanek kicked off the goal scoring in the 1st Period 3:18 into the game. The Rangers would then go on to score 3 unanswered goals in a 9:20 span in the 2nd Period. Jaromir Jagr, Petr Prucha, and Michael Nylander would give the Rangers a 2 goal lead with 30 minutes to play. Daniel Briere scores his first goal on the night on a Power Play to cut the Rangers lead to 1 with 27 minutes left in regulation time. Jason Pominville would tie the game for the Sabres 8 minutes into the 3rd Period. Briere would then net the game winner with 1:03 left in the Overtime Period. The Win would mark as the Sabres 12th of the year. It would also be 1 of 15 games the Sabres won in Overtime or a Shootout.
Ottawa: Carkner Right Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Regin Shoulder(Out), Alfredsson Concussion Symptoms(Out)
Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(Questionable), Ennis Sprained Ankle(Out)
Next 5 Games:
Nov 8 vs. Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD, TSN HD)
Nov 11 vs. Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Nov 12 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Nov 14 at Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(VERSUS HD)
Nov 16 vs. New Jersey Devils 7:30 PM(VERSUS HD)