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Sabres Look To Finish 2011 on a Good Note vs Senators

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Last Game:

Ottawa: Dec 30 vs. Flames Win(OT) 4-3

Buffalo: Dec 30 at Capitals Loss 3-1

Record:

Ottawa: 16-15-5

Buffalo: 17-17-3

Points:

Ottawa: 41

Buffalo: 37

Rank In Conference:

Ottawa: 9th

Buffalo: 11th

Power Play Ranking:

Ottawa: 18.2(T-13th)

Buffalo: 19.0(11th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

Ottawa: 79.2(26th)

Buffalo: 83.6(11th)

Goals For:

Ottawa: 114(7th)

Buffalo: 96(T-18th)

Goals Against:

Ottawa: 129(30th)

Buffalo: 108(22nd)

Shots For:

Ottawa: 1193(6th)

Buffalo: 1075(19th)

Shots Against:

Ottawa: 1201(27th)

Buffalo: 1145(20th)

Blocked Shots:

Ottawa: 539(12th)

Buffalo: 466(25th)

Hits:

Ottawa: 876(6th)

Buffalo: 654(27th)

Faceoff Percentage:

Ottawa: 49.6(T-18th)

Buffalo: 50.4(11th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Ottawa: Michalek(19), Spezza(13), Alfredsson, Foligno, and Z. Smith(11), Greening(8)

Buffalo: Vanek(18), Pominville(12), Adam(10), Roy(8)

Assists:

Ottawa: Karlsson(30), Spezza(25), Gonchar(19), Alfredsson(16)

Buffalo: Pominville(27), Vanek(21), Roy(15), Ehrhoff(14)

Points:

Ottawa: Spezza(38), Karlsson(35), Alfredsson(27), Michalek(26)

Buffalo: Pominville and Vanek(39), Roy(23), Adam(20), Stafford(19)

Plus/Minus:

Ottawa: Kuba and Condra(+6), Z. Smith(+5), Regin and Winchester(+3), B. Butler(+2)

Buffalo: Gragnani(+11), Hecht and Gerbe(+4), Vanek(+2), Leopold(+1)

Penalty Minutes:

Ottawa: Konopka(108), Neil(69), Foligno(58), Z. Smith(44)

Buffalo: Gaustad(61), Kaleta(52), Vanek(34), Stafford(32)

Shots:

Ottawa: Karlsson(126), Spezza(119), Michalek(92), Alfredsson(88)

Buffalo: Vanek(110), Pominville(106), Stafford(92), Ehrhoff(86)

Blocked Shots:

Ottawa: Phillips(83), Kuba(69), Cowen(40), Gonchar(35)

Buffalo: Regehr(57), Sekera(50), Ehrhoff(48), Leopold(45)

Hits:

Ottawa: Neil(106), Foligno(101), Cowen(96), Greening(75)

Buffalo: Regehr(93), Gaustad(65), Kaleta(49), Stafford(39)

Face-Off Wins:

Ottawa: Spezza(443), Z. Smith(251), J. Winchester(107), Konopka(104)

Buffalo: Roy(331), Gaustad(297), Pominville(109), Adam(102)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Ottawa: Craig Anderson 16-12-3 3.28 GAA .897 SV%

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 9-10-2 3.05 GAA .901 SV% 1 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Dec 20 Senators Won 4-1

Season Series: Tied 2-1-1

All-Time: Sabres Lead 55-40-20

All-Time vs. OTT: Sabres Lead 30-19-5

Alfredsson’s 400th leads Sens past Flames in OT

Daniel Alfredsson couldn’t have picked a sweeter time to score his 400th NHL goal.

Alfredsson scored a power-play goal 3:31 into overtime, lifting the Ottawa Senators over the Calgary Flames, 4-3, in front of a sellout crowd of 20,500.

Nick Foligno, Zack Smith and Erik Karlsson also scored for the Senators, while Rene Bourque, Curtis Glencross, Chris Butler had the goals for the Flames.

Craig Anderson, who replaced Alex Auld to start the second period, stopped 17 shots, while rookie Leland Irving stopped 45 of 49 in net for Calgary.

The Flames got off to a quick start just 23 seconds into the game when Auld came out to play the puck to Sergei Gonchar, who wasn’t expecting the pass. Bourque gained control and tipped it past the Ottawa goaltender for the early lead.

Calgary went up 2-0 with Ottawa forward Nick Foligno in the box for holding the stick. Jay Bouwmeester skated the puck past the net, then passed back to Glencross, who fired it past Auld at 6:25.

It was more bad luck for the Sens’ special teams — as of Friday, Ottawa had the second-worst penalty kill in the League at home, at 73 percent. The Senators have allowed seven power-play goals in their last six games overall.

The Flames would continue to pile on late in the period, when Butler’s seeing-eye wrister from the top of the circle at 18:49 beat Auld high stick-side for his first of the season, making the score 3-0. Anton Babchuk, back in the lineup for the first time since suffering a broken hand on Nov. 8, also had an assist on the goal.

That was enough for Auld, who was pulled in between periods, making way for Craig Anderson. Auld stopped 12 of 15 shots faced.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020552&navid=sb:recap

Ovi nets pair as Capitals skate past Sabres, 3-1

It hasn’t exactly been a banner year for Alex Ovechkin, but the Washington Capitals captain is working on ending it in stellar fashion.

Ovechkin scored twice Friday night and the Capitals gained ground in both the Eastern Conference and Southeast Division races with a 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at Verizon Center.

Nicklas Backstrom’s goal early in the second period turned out to be the game-winner and Tomas Vokoun stopped 25 shots for the Capitals, who avenged a 4-2 loss four days earlier in Buffalo in which they gave up all four goals in the opening 20 minutes.

Jochen Hecht had the only goal for the Sabres, who got 18 saves from Ryan Miller.

Ovechkin enters Saturday’s game in Columbus looking to extend his points streak to six straight to end 2011. It’s been a tumultuous year for both the captain and his team — Washington was swept out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the second round last spring by Tampa Bay, and a slow start this year led to Dale Hunter replacing Bruce Boudreau behind the bench. Meanwhile, Ovechkin followed up his worst season statistically in 2010-11 by scoring just 12 goals over his first 35 games this season.

A visit by Miller and the Sabres brought out the best in him Friday, however.

Buffalo defenseman Mike Weber was called for boarding just 27 seconds into the game, and on the ensuing power play Ovechkin received the puck from Vokoun and came flying down the right side of the ice. His attempted pass to Brooks Laich hit the stick of a Sabres defender and ricocheted past Miller at 1:42 to get Washington on the board.

It was the Capitals’ only goal of the first period, but they outshot the Sabres by an 11-2 margin.

The teams traded goals in the second, with Backstrom extending the Capitals’ lead to 2-0 at 3:52 before Hecht answered for the Sabres, cleaning up the rebound of a Thomas Vanek shot with 4:58 left before the intermission.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020551&navid=sb:recap

This Day In Sabres History:

December 5th, 1987 Sabres Trade Paul Cyr to NY Rangers for Mike Donnelly and 5th RD Pick in 1987 Draft

On This Date 24 Years ago the Sabres Trade former First Round Pick Paul Cyr to the New York Rangers for Mike Donnelly and a 5th RD Pick in the 1987 Draft. Cyr was a disappointment in his Sabres Career Recording 196 Points(85 G, 111 A) in 342 Career Games. The Sabres would trade him to the New York Rangers for Mike Donnelly and a 5th RD Pick in the 87 Draft. Donnelly didn’t do much in his career as a Sabres only playing in 34 games. The 5th RD Pick would turn into a future Sabre Hall of Famer Alexander Mogilny.

Injury Report:

Ottawa: Regin Left Shoulder(IR/Out), J. Winchester Concussion(Out)

Buffalo: Myers Broken Wrist(IR/Out), Gerbe Concussion(IR/Out), Leino Lower Body(IR/Out), Tropp Concussion(IR/Out), Stuart Lower Body(IR/Out), Ennis Left Ankle(Out), Sekera Upper Body(Out), Ehrhoff Upper Body(Out)

Next 5 Games:

Jan 3 vs. Edmonton Oilers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Jan 6 at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Jan 7 vs. Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD, CBC HD)

Jan 10 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Jan 13 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD, TSN HD)

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