January 25, 2011
Sens awful at home, lose in OTByron scores first NHL goal in Sabres win
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
Home hasn’t been so sweet for the Senators this year.
The Senators closed off an 0-for-January at Scotiabank Place Tuesday night.
Preparing to go their separate ways following practice Wednesday for the NHL’s six-day all-star break, the Senators are still searching for their first win at home in 2011 after a 3-2 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres.
The Senators, who are 0-4-2 this month, have now lost seven straight at home. Goaltender Brian Elliott suffered his 11th straight loss. He hasn’t won a game since Dec. 26 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Buffalo defenceman Shaone Morrison scored his first goal of the season at 2:59 of the extra period. Elliott saw his record his fall to 9-0-2 against Buffalo, while Ottawa is now O-for-9 in OT and shootouts.
Sergei Gonchar tied it up late in the third period on the power play, while Chris Kelly also scored for Ottawa. Former Olympiques winger Paul Byron, with his first NHL goal, and Jochen Hecht chipped in for the Sabres.
Playing their first game since owner Eugene Melnyk told the Ottawa Sun Saturday that GM Bryan Murray and coach Cory Clouston will finish the season, the Senators had a lot better than they have lately.
Sergei Gonchar broke a nine-game goal-scoring slump by beating Miller on a shot from the point with Nick Foligno causing havoc in the crease.
The goal ended an eight-game slump without a power play goal for the Senators. They had gone 0-for-27 in that stretch,
There was a scary moment in the second period for Alex Kovalev. Sitting on the Ottawa bench, he was hit by the puck on a clear by Buffalo’s Andrej Sekera and had to helped to the dressing room. He later returned.
It doesn’t look the Senators scoring issues are going away anytime soon. TThe Senators outshot the Sabres 12-6 in the second period, but couldn’t beat Miller.
The goal by Hecht at 15:49 of the second to give Buffalo a 2-1 lead was awful. He was able to beat Elliott with a backhand shot five-hole.
Byron, who played with the Gatineau Olympiques, tipped a Tyler Ennis pass by Elliot on the stick stick side at 10:05.
“I’ve got a lot of support in the building,” said Byron, who had 40-50 friends on hand.
Kelly’s 11th of the season to open the scoring was a beauty. Breaking in on a 2-on-1 with Daniel Alfredsson, Kelly held onto the puck, cut into the slot and beat Miller, who over-committed on the stick side, at 4:28.
The Senators return to action Feb. 1 against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.