Senators net big win over Sabres

Ottawa Senators' Corey Conacher and Kyle Turris and Sens fans celebrate Bobby Ryans goal against...

Ottawa Senators' Corey Conacher and Kyle Turris and Sens fans celebrate Bobby Ryans goal against the Buffalo Sabres during NHL hockey action at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Thursday December 12,2013. (Errol McGihon/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:14 PM ET

OTTAWA - The Senators returned to the Canadian Tire Centre looking for “traction” to get back into the NHL’s playoff picture.

A loss and this season may have hit the skids completely.

The Senators accomplished the first part of their mission completely with a strong 40-save performance from goalie Craig Anderson in a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres in front of a sparse crowd of 15,578.

Led by two-point nights from Bobby Ryan and Kyle Turris while Zack Smith chipped in with his third game-winning goal this season as the Senators are suddenly within breathing distance of a spot in the post-season by grabbing six-of-eight points in their last four games.

Only Buffalo’s Tyler Ennis was able to beat Anderson.

It’s only the second time in 21 appearances this season that he has allowed only one goal and that’s good news for the Senators who are trying to get their No. 1 goalie back in top form.

 

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