Sabre snaps at chirping

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:55 AM ET

BUFFALO -- While the Senators were thrilled to finally win again, one Sabre was clearly rattled.

Stuck in a four-game losing skid and scheduled to visit owner Eugene Melnyk at his ranch in Ocala, Fla., today, the Senators won 5-2 over the Buffalo Sabres at the HSBC Arena.

There was an incident in the hallway near the end of the game. Buffalo's Adam Mair, who had been booted out, marched down the hallway screaming for Chris Neil and had to be restrained. Senators winger Jarrko Ruutu chirped back, but Mair returned to his dressing room because Neil was still on the ice.

"I heard about it," said Neil, who has a long history with Mair. "Maybe he was trying to take a 10-game suspension because he's already had two of those. He obviously doesn't like getting paid. I wish I had been here. He was mad because I was chirping at him."

Off to their worst start since the lockout-shortened season in 1995 when they were 0-6-2 after eight games, the Senators faced the prospect of possibly falling into last place overall.

"That was a big one for us. We needed that," said Jason Spezza, who had two goals and an assist. "It's frustrating when we lose a few in a row. It's always nice to go see the owner with a win under our belts. Now we'll be able to go there and relax."

While Alex Auld had his shutout bid halted by two late third-period goals, the Senators made life miserable for former teammate Patrick Lalime, making his third start of the season in the Buffalo net.

Dany Heatley and captain Daniel Alfredsson each had two-point nights, while Christoph Schubert and Shean Donovan also scored to help Senators halt their longest losing streak in seven years.


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