Buffalo 4, Ottawa 2

Friday, April 5, 2013 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Ottawa 19-12-2-4 13-3-1-2 6-9-1-2 L3
Buffalo 15-17-2-4 7-7-2-1 8-10-0-3 W2


Sabres 4, Senators 2: Jochen Hecht set up the winning goal and added one of his own 12 seconds later as host Buffalo avoided a regular-season sweep by Ottawa.

Rookie Brian Flynn snapped a 2-2 tie with 5:23 remaining in the third period while Steve Ott and Luke Adam also scored for the Sabres, who have won two in a row following a four-game winless streak (0-2-2). Ryan Miller made 35 saves as Buffalo climbed within four points of eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 10 contests remaining.

Defensemen Marc Methot and Eric Gryba tallied for the Senators, who lost their third consecutive game and failed to sweep Buffalo for the first time in franchise history. Rookie Robin Lehner stopped 26 shots as Ottawa was unable to pass idle Toronto for fifth in the East. Both clubs have 44 points, with the Maple Leafs owning the tiebreaker.

Flynn received a cross-crease pass from Hecht and fired a backhand shot past a diving Lehner. Moments later, Hecht carried the puck to the left faceoff circle before spinning and wristing a backhander that sneaked between Lehner's pads.

Adam opened the scoring with a one-timer from the right circle 6:21 into the contest for his first goal since being recalled from the American Hockey League. Methot tied the game later in the first period and Gryba fired a shot from the slot through traffic to give Ottawa a 2-1 lead early in the third before Ott deflected Mark Pysyk’s shot to again knot the contest.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Hecht scored for the first time in 12 games and recorded his first multi-point performance since Dec. 28, 2010. ... Ottawa G Craig Anderson, who suffered an ankle injury on Feb. 21, dressed as Lehner’s backup. ... Adam recorded 20 points in 52 games as a rookie last season. ... Buffalo Ds Adam Pardy and Mike Weber each finished with two assists.

Top Game Performances

Ottawa   Buffalo
Mika Zibanejad 2 Points Jochen Hecht 2
Eric Gryba 1 Goals Jochen Hecht 1
Mika Zibanejad 2 Assists Adam Pardy 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Robin Lehner .867 Save Percentage Ryan Miller .946
Robin Lehner 26 Saves Ryan Miller 35

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Ottawa 37 2 0-4 2-2 4 24
Buffalo 30 4 0-2 4-4 8 34

Upcoming Games

  • Buffalo will play its next game at home against New Jersey. The Sabres have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .304 after a loss.
  • Ottawa will play its next game on the road against Florida. The Senators have a W/L % of .579 after a win and .412 after a loss.
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