Despite another solid effort by Jhonas Enroth, he’s still left looking for his second win of the season as the Sabres fell to the Senators 3-2 Thursday night from the Canadian Tire Centre.
After after a scoreless first period that saw little action, the pace picked up quickly in the second as Erik Karlsson’s goal three minutes into the second period put the Senators on the board first. Karlsson beat Enroth glove side from the circle for his 15th of the season.
Much like the second, Ottawa wasted no time getting on the board as Jason Spezza made a crisp pass to Milan Michalek on an odd-man rush, and Michalek put it away to make it a 2-0 Senators lead just 10 seconds into the third. Buffalo began to show some offensive life later on in the final frame, as they were able to draw a couple penalties, and although they didn’t score, they were able to move the puck into Ottawa’s zone much more consistently than in the first two periods. Midway through the third, Drew Stafford set up Tyler Ennis for Ennis’s 13th of the year, and it cut the lead in half. Minutes later, Stafford netted a goal of his own to tie it up at 2 – his 7th goal in his last 11 games.
After the goal though, it looked like the Blue and Gold were playing not to lose, as Ottawa was constantly in Sabre territory, peppering Enroth with pucks, and with 20.9 seconds left, Michalek made Buffalo pay for it with his second goal of the night to give the Senators a 3-2 victory.
The Sabres head into the Olympic break sporting a 15-34-8 record, good for 38 points which is dead last in the NHL. Their next game isn’t until February 25th, as they host the Carolina Hurricanes from the First Niagara Center.
First Period Goals
4:49 – BUF – Matt D’Agostini (2 min., Hooking)
7:33 – OTT – Chris Neil (2 min., Tripping)
15:53 – OTT – Marc Methot 2 min., Holding)
Second Period Goals
3:12 – OTT – Erik Karlsson (15) (Stephane Da Costa, Cory Conacher)
5:38 – BUF – Phil Varone (2 min., Hi-Sticking)
5:55 – OTT – Kyle Turris (2 min., Hi-Sticking)
9:22 – BUF – John Scott (2 min., Slashing)
11:13 – OTT – Milan Michalek (2 min., Hi-Sticking)
Third Period Goals
0:10 – OTT – Milan Michalek (9) (Jason Spezza, Mika Zibanejad)
10:25 – BUF – Tyler Ennis (13) (Drew Safford, Ville Leino)
15:45 – BUF – Drew Stafford (10) (Christian Ehrhoff)
19:39 – OTT – Milan Michalek (10) (Jason Spezza, Chris Neil)
5:11 – OTT – TEAM (Too Many Men on the Ice)
6:54 – OTT – Erik Karlsson (2 min., Tripping)
19:44 – Erik Condra (2 min., Tripping)
BUF – Jhonas Enroth – 36 shots, 33 saves
OTT – Craig Anderson – 34 shots, 32 saves
BUF – 0 of 7
OTT – 0 of 3
1.) OTT – Milan Michalek (2 G, 0 A)
2.) OTT – Jason Spezza (0 G, 2 A)
3.) BUF – Drew Stafford (1 G, 1 A)