Ottawa Senators knock off Sabres in season opener

Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara...

Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, Oct. 4, 2013. (KEVIN HOFFMAN/USA Today)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:44 PM ET

BUFFALO - Always quick with a quip, former Buffalo broadcaster Harry Neale had some kind words for his old friend Rick Wamsley in the elevator during the second intermission at First Niagara Center Friday night.

“Obviously,” Neale said with a smile, “you’ve coached both those goalies.”

Wamsley, of course, is just the mentor of Senators puck stoppers, not those in Buffalo colors. But while he had a chuckle at Neale’s remark, smiling somewhere else had to be Dan Bylsma.

The coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins will also be the bench boss of the U.S. team at the Olympics in Sochi. And he had to be more than happy with the performances put on by Americans Craig Anderson and Ryan Miller in Buffalo.

The two candidates for the national squad engaged in brilliant dual before Erik Karlsson one-timed a pass from Clarke MacArthur through Miller’s legs with 95 seconds left in the game to give the Senators a 1-0 victory in their season opener.

Anderson wound up making 35 stops for the shutout, while Miller blocked the other 46 that the Senators sent his way.


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