Zemgus Girgensons found the net in regulation and notched the shootout winner in the Sabres' 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. Ryan Miller stopped 35 shots in the win, snapping a three-game losing skid for Buffalo.
Milan Michalek gave the Senators the early lead 6:25 into the game, converting a 2-on-1 break with Canisius alum Cory Conacher. Michalek lifted a nice feed from Conacher over Ryan Miller's stick to put Ottawa ahead 1-0. It stayed that way until 13:15 of the second period, when Zemgus Girgensons outhustled Joe Corvo to a rebound and swatted the loose puck past Lehner. The goal marked Girgensons' second in two games and tied the score 1-1.
The Sabres thought they had the lead later in the period, however the on-ice referee waved the apparent goal off. With a delayed penalty to Jason Spezza on the way, the ref deemed that Ottawa had possession of the puck and blew the whistle. The play was not reviewable and the on-ice call stood. See the video replay and the official explanation from the NHL.
Following a scoreless third period and overtime, the two sides headed to a shootout. Both teams sent 10 shooters to the ice with Matt Moulson, Brian Flynn and Steve Ott all finding the net. Each Buffalo goal, however, was countered by Ottawa in the form Mike Zibanejad, Kyle Turris and Michalek. Girgensons finally provided the winner, beating Lehner with a nifty move. Miller ended the shootout, turning aside Erik Condra's chance.
The Sabres and Senators face off once again on Thursday evening, this time in Ottawa for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff. Hear all the action on WGR 550.
6:25 - OTT - Milan Michalek (5) (Cory Conacher)
9:49 - BUF - Matt Moulson (2 min., roughing)
12:03 - BUF - Christian Ehrhoff (2 min., delaying game - puck over glass)
13:15 - BUF - Zemgus Girgensons (3) (Christian Ehrhoff)
5:25 - BUF - Luke Adam (2 min., tripping)
9:14 - OTT - Erik Karlsson (2 min., hooking)
15:30 - OTT - Jason Spezza (2 min., high-sticking)
18:57 - OTT - Mike Zibanejad (2 min., slashing)
BUF - Matt Moulson - GOAL
OTT - Erik Karlsson - MISS
BUF - Tyler Ennis - MISS
OTT - Mike Zibanejad - GOAL
BUF - Cody Hodgson - MISS
OTT - Jason Spezza - MISS
BUF - Drew Stafford - MISS
OTT - Bobby Ryan - MISS
BUF - Luke Adam - MISS
OTT - Cory Conacher - MISS
BUF - Brian Flynn - GOAL
OTT - Kyle Turris - GOAL
BUF - Steve Ott - GOAL
OTT - Milan Michalek - GOAL
BUF - Matt D'Agostini - MISS
OTT - Patrick Wiercioch - MISS
BUF - Marcus Foligno - MISS
OTT - Clarke MacArthur - MISS
BUF - Zemgus Girgensons - GOAL
OTT - Erik Condra - MISS
OTT - Robin Lehner (35 saves, 36 shots)
BUF - Ryan Miller (35 saves, 36 shots)
OTT - 0 of 3
BUF - 0 of 3