Sorry ladies, Wade's getting hitched

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:26 AM ET

BUFFALO -- After breaking sweat and hockey sticks over the next seven or eight months, Wade Redden will break some hearts next summer.

For those who haven't heard, the Senators defenceman will officially take himself off the free-agent market of life when he marries Danica Topolnisky, a Sudbury native who attended the University of Ottawa, in August.

The ceremony will take place in Kelowna, B.C., where they are building a home.

"It just felt right," Redden said of his decision to tie the knot. "We've been together for about two years, so I've been off the market for a while now.

"Go ahead and spread the word."

Laughing, the 30-year-old Redden said he "can't divulge the details" about how and where he popped the question. Just as well. We personally know of young single women and older, not-so- single women who considered No. 6 Ottawa's most eligible bachelor.

Knowing Redden is now tall, dark and spoken for will be torture enough for them -- they don't need to hear how he swept Danica off her feet.

Just in case he was as silky smooth as one of his passes.

STARTS AND STOPS: Point-per-night guy Tim Connolly was back in the Sabres lineup after missing five games with a strained oblique muscle. Boy, you could tell he was rusty. Especially around the 12-minute mark of the first period, when he had the puck and a wide-open Senators net for a full Mississippi before switching from backhand to forehand only to fire a shot off the post ... Andrej Meszaros lay on the ice along the boards after appearing to get clipped by a stick in the Buffalo zone. When no call was made, he rose and skated slowly back to the Senators' zone in time to see Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek finish off a 2-on-1 for Buffalo's third goal. Meszaros went to complain to the referee, but was brushed away in much the same way the Sabres were dismissing the Senators.

BETWEEN PERIODS: After the morning skate, Lindy Ruff was asked about the differences between Martin Gerber and Ray Emery. "Gerber seems like a bigger goalie, he looks bigger," said the Sabres coach. "Reaction wise, Emery is very athletic. And he's a good fighter, probably better than Gerber there. We have to guard against that, too." ... Not crazy about the thought of looking ahead to one opponent before finishing with another, Senators coach John Paddock did make this observation about the Penguins and Sidney Crosby following Ottawa's morning skate: "I do know (Chris) Phillips and (Anton Volchenkov) will be on the ice when No. 87 is on the ice. I heard he's had a tough start (to the season) but he's got points in every game. That's tough? That's having a bad year?" ... The Senators were awarded their first power play last night in the second period, just after Chris Neil was throwing Jaroslav "Sissy" Spacek to the ice with a pretty nice body slam. The officials were apparently more concerned with the interference crime being committed by Ryan Miller that left the Buffalo netminder just a goal away from a Gordie Howe hat trick.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMM...: You know things are going bad for the Senators when Daniel Alfredsson's making big mistakes. At the Sabres blue line, the captain gave Vanek what amounted to a four-foot pass, sending the sniper on a long breakaway. For the bad first period he had, Emery did look good on this play, holding his ground and shutting the door when Vanek deked and tried to stuff the puck between Emery's skates ... The Senators weren't credited with a shot on goal until past the midway mark of the first period, even though it looked like Miller had to stop efforts from Antoine Vermette and Redden. Suddenly, with the Sabres holding a 2-0 lead and Miller already having an assist, the clock operator randomly threw a '4' under the Senators' side of the shot clock. Now, we're wondering, was that faulty equipment or some sort of head game? ...

LINE CHANGES: Prior to the game, the video scoreboard at HSBC Arena showed large portions of a Nov. 26, 1993, game between the Sabres and Senators at the old Aud. Dominik Hasek was the winning goalie and Darrin Madeley the loser in a 5-2 triumph that reminded you how bad Ottawa was ... The 30-game-in-30-days NHL journey Steve Williamson is taking took the Orlando native to HSBC Arena last night. "I'm pretty excited about being here," Williamson said, "as long as it doesn't snow tonight. I'm looking forward to heading to Nashville tomorrow." He didn't have to worry about snow, but with all the rain in Buffalo, it looked for a while like he wasn't going anywhere without an ark.


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