Senators fall in shootout to Sabres

Buffalo Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers jumps to avoid Ottawa Senators goalie Robin Lehner during the...

Buffalo Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers jumps to avoid Ottawa Senators goalie Robin Lehner during the second period at First Niagara Center. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:18 AM ET

Victory slipped away from the Senators Tuesday night. Literally.

A goal by Sabres rookie Zemgus Girgensons in the 10th round of a shootout was the deciding goal as the Senators fell 2-1 at First Niagara Centre.

For the Senators, it was the third game in a row to extend beyond 65 minutes, which means they did extend their point collecting streak to three games.

Picking up one also allowed them to move within five points of the idle Toronto Maple Leafs in the wild card race.

Erik Karlsson, Jason Spezza both had the puck slip off their sticks in the shootout, while Bobby Ryan had his attempt pokechecked away by goalie Ryan Miller.

Girgensons finally ended the game on a deke that left Senators goalie Robin Lehner sprawled.

“We came on the road and we got a point, which is good,” said coach Paul MacLean. “A lot of things went good for us, I thought we played well.

“I think we’re gaining traction. Anytime I know you come on the road and get a point, it’s usually a pretty good trip. It could be a big point at the end of the year.”

Milan Michalek scored for the Senators in regulation, Girgensons replied for Buffalo.

Mika Zibanejad, Kyle Turris and Michalek scored for the Senators in the shootout.

Robin Lehner made 35 saves in the Ottawa net while Ryan Miller also turned back 35 shots at the other end of the ice.


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