Sabres stop Sens in shootout
Bruce Garrioch, QMI Agency
|Ottawa Senators' Brian Lee (L) and Stephane Da Costa skate away from Buffalo Sabres' Paul Gaustad (2nd L), Jordan Leopold, Nathan Gerbe (C), Robyn Regehr and Brad Boyes (R) as they celebrate a goal during the second period of their NHL hockey game in Ottawa November 5, 2011. (REUTERS/Blair Gable)
OTTAWA - The Senators were finally stopped in the shootout Saturday night at Scotiabank Place.
And it was a hometown boy who did the damage.
Derek Roy, the 12th shooter of the night, scored to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 victory and hand the Senators their first defeat in the shootout in four games this season and third straight loss.
Milan Michalek and Erik Condra scored in regulation, while Roy and Jordan Leopold replied for the Sabres. Roy beat Craig Anderson high on the stick side for the winner.
“It feels good to go out, get the win for the team and contribute,” said Roy, the Rockland boy.
Many wondered if it was going to end.
“Eventually it’s got to end, right?” said Anderson. “You just hope you get lucky and win. It’s one of those things where you’re going to win some and you’re going to lose some.”
“We showed a lot of character battling back and tying it up,” said Nick Foligno, the fourth shooter, who missed on his chance. “It was kind of a gamble at the end with a lot of shooters. They capitalized on their chances.”
Anderson, making his second straight start in back-to-back games, made 30 saves to get his club to the skills contest, while Jhonas Enroth had 24 stops for the Sabres.
“I thought we played a really solid game,” said Anderson. “We battled hard. We played well for 65 minutes. We just couldn’t find a way to get that third goal in regulation. When it comes to a shootout, it’s always a crapshoot.”
The Senators were held scoreless on the power play for the second straight game.
Colin Greening, Jesse Winchester and Stephane Da Costa all hit the post in the second and the Senators fell behind 2-1.
Centre Jason Spezza wasn’t discouraged, despite the loss.
“We came up short, but they’ve got some pretty good shooters as well,” said Spezza. “That was a pretty good hockey game with two pretty even teams.
“If you win a shootout, you leave the rink happy, if you lose, it’s tough. We battled. We had some chances. We had three posts in the second. It was a good game. It could have gone either way.”
Zack Smith, who had a short-handed goal in a 2-1 loss to the Habs only 24 hours earlier, continued to show promise by making a perfect pass to send Condra in alone and he deposited the puck through Enroth’s five-hole at 14:13 to tie it 2-2.
Coach Paul MacLean said the Senators have to get back to cashing in on their opportunities.
“We have to keep creating chances and if we can cash in on those chances, we’ll have success,” said MacLean. “If we continue to attack the net and create chances, we feel we’re going to score enough goals to win.”
The Senators are off until they host the New York Rangers Wednesday.