Sabres had something to prove to Sens

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

The Buffalo Sabres came here with an attitude and left with a win.

The Sabres were hammered by the Senators during the regular season and the sting of losing a game like the 10-4 debacle they experienced in November at the hands of the Senators was not forgotten.

"We got beat bad by these guys early in the year," said Sabres defenceman Brian Campbell. "That pissed us off a lot. I think we had a pissed-off attitude coming in here.

"They got their seven or eight goals a game and we didn't want it to happen again. We had something to prove."

The Sabres won last night on Jason Pominville's short-handed goal in overtime, eliminating the Senators in five games.

SPECTACULAR PLAY

Pominville's goal came on a spectacular play which saw him drive out from the goal line and tuck the puck past Senators goaltender Ray Emery on the far post.

"As a defenceman, you think the player is going to go wide and keep going around the net," said Campbell. "But he took it hard to the front and a lot of times you don't expect that."

The Sabres will now move on to play the winner of the Carolina Hurricanes-New Jersey Devils semi-final, which the 'Canes lead 3-1.

"We won't back down from anybody," said Campbell. "I thought that we really showed that in the series against Philly (in the first round). We got run and there was a lot of cheap stuff, but we didn't back down. (Senators defenceman Zdeno) Chara is a big man, but we didn't back off. We're going to be on you non-stop."

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com


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