Ottawa 3, Buffalo 2

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Ottawa 14-13-2-2 7-6-0-1 7-7-2-1 W1
Buffalo 15-12-2-1 7-9-2-1 8-3-0-0 L2


Jared Cowen scored 45 seconds into overtime and Milan Michalek registered his NHL-leading 19th goal as the Ottawa Senators snapped a six-game losing streak to Buffalo with a 3-2 victory over the host Sabres on Tuesday.

Cowen took a pass in the slot from Erik Karlsson and one-time a shot past Ryan Miller as the Senators (14-13-4) snapped a three-game losing streak. Karlsson leads NHL defenseman with 27 points.

Peter Regin also scored and Craig Anderson made 27 saves as Ottawa improved to 2-3-2 in December.

Paul Szczechura and Tyler Ennis scored 1:28 apart in the first period – both off bad turnovers by Ottawa in its own end – as the Sabres (15-12-3) lost for the fifth time in their last six home games. Ryan Miller had 41 stops.

Regin’s goal – a slap shot through a screen at 7:27 of the third period – tied it 2-2.

Szczechura beat Anderson with a nifty backhander in the slot following a feed from Jason Pominville at 14:16 after Chris Phillips’ turnover. Tyler Ennis made it 2-1 when he gathered a loose puck in front of the net and sent a backhander past Anderson after Michalek’s turnover.

The Senators came out flying and grabbed a 1-0 lead at 1:09 when Michalek took a feed from Jason Spezza and sent a wrist shot past an out of position Miller following a barrage on the Buffalo net.

Ottawa had a chance to tie it in the second period when Colin Greening had Miller beat, but caromed a backhander off the crossbar.

Greening had nine shots on goal.

Michalek left the game in the second period after colliding with Karlsson and did not return.

Top Game Performances

Ottawa   Buffalo
Jason Spezza 2 Points Tyler Ennis 1
Jared Cowen 1 Goals Tyler Ennis 1
Jason Spezza 2 Assists Jason Pominville 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Craig Anderson .931 Save Percentage Ryan Miller .932
Craig Anderson 27 Saves Ryan Miller 41

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Ottawa 44 3 0-4 3-3 16 24
Buffalo 29 2 0-3 4-4 18 29

Upcoming Games

  • Buffalo will play its next game at home against Toronto. The Sabres have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .600 after a loss.
  • Ottawa will play its next game at home against Boston. The Senators have a W/L % of .571 after a win and .353 after a loss.
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