Sens slice up Sabres

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:23 PM ET

Buffalo might be known for its wings, but when the Sabres come to town, it's pizza that's on the menu.

For the second time this season, the Senators sliced through the Sabres defence at the Corel Centre, this time for a 6-1 win last night.

That earned the pizza-appreciating patrons another helping of the pie, thanks to the promotion that offers up a free slice when the Senators score six goals and win.

The win allowed the Senators to move to 13-2 on the season and 10-0 against their Northeast Division rivals, the first team to start a season that way since the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens.

Talk about some good company.

With the fans chanting for pizza, Senators defenceman Brian Pothier scored his first of the season, a deflected shot at 5:30 of the third that was first credited to Senators centre Jason Spezza.

"All I know was it bounced around 10 times and we got pizza," said Spezza. "I'm redeeming my ticket."

The Senators have outscored the Sabres 11-1 in two Saturday night games here this season and 21-5 if you throw in their meeting in Buffalo this season. The Senators have now scored 75 goals in their 15 games. Their scoring margin in five Saturday night wins: 30-2.

The Senators got a goal (his 15th) and two assists from Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson. Linemate Dany Heatley had his 14th and 15th goals of the season.

Alfredsson and Heatley helped the club set a franchise record with three goals in one minute and 16 seconds, beating the old mark of 1:20, set March 21, 2000 against the Atlanta Thrashers.

The blitz is indicative of the quick-strike capability of this year's Senators. It started with 0.2 of a second left in the first period when Senators winger Chris Neil used his blossoming scoring skills to tip home his seventh of the season.

Alfredsson scored 59 seconds into the second on a shot that went off the post and off the back of Buffalo goaltender Martin Biron's leg.

Heatley completed the record binge at 1:15 with his first of the night with a nice drive around the Buffalo defence and a snap shot to the top corner.

Mike Fisher, with his third on the power play, made it 4-0.

Rockland native Derek Roy spoiled the shutout bid by Senators goaltender Ray Emery with his first of the season at 14:21 of the third.

"Right now, we're in awfully good shape," said Senators coach Bryan Murray. "The way we're playing with the puck is outstanding.

"Teams are not able to find a match for us and I like it."

Despite their great start, the Senators still weren't able to catch the Canadiens for first place in the Northeast Division and first in the Eastern Conference. The Habs stayed a point ahead with the point gained in their overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs last night.

Ottawa holds three games in hand on Montreal.

The Senators host the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night.

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com


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