Sabres outduel Senators to extend Ottawa's losing streak to 5

Annette Crawford
December 13, 2017

Most felt that the Senators overachieved last season when they made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals, but apparently management thought differently and pulled off the trade for Duchene. The Jets embarrassed Ottawa in a 5-0 shutout and Anaheim shut them out 3-0 the next night.

Buffalo picked up four points in three games, and looked to build upon that momentum against the Senators who sit just above them in the basement of the Atlantic division. "It's a step in the right direction and now we need to keep building on that". "We still might go 11 & 7 and take another forward out or we might go 12 & 6 so I really have to wait and see what I get from Thompson".

There are still some decisions to be made closer to puck drop but here's what we know about the Sens line-up tonight in Buffalo. "We're trying to climb the ladder".

"It's been a tough road trip for us", Brassard said.

Cody Ceci and Derick Brassard scored for the Senators (9-13-7), who have lost 12 of their past 13 games.

Speaking of the coach, Guy Boucher also met with the media this morning but didn't have a lot of concrete answers regarding his line-up for tonight. "It's been like that for a long, long time now". They scored two or fewer goals in nine of those games and were shut out a franchise record three games in a row spanning 232:09, or nearly four full games. With his goal against the Senators, Evander Kane has a point in five consecutive games.

Housley moved Kane off of the Eichel line and Girgensons up after playing in only one game since being benched.


Ceci got the Senators on the board 6:43 into the third period on his own rebound opportunity. "When things don't go well for an extended period of time, it's not a great situation", Ottawa defenseman Dion Phaneuf said.

Pouliot opened the scoring on an excellent one-man effort 4:13 into the second.

The Sabres have converted on just 12.5 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that's ranked 30th in the National Hockey League. Ryan O'Reilly set up Okposo with a backhand pass from behind the net. He provided a screen on Marco Scandella's shot from the point and he rebound kicked out to a wide open Evand Rodrigues who buried the rebound for his second goal of the game to force overtime.

"That was huge", Pouliot said.

After an abysmal stretch, the Sabres power play is starting to show some life. "That was huge for us". Ottawa skaters have accounted for the 10th-most hits in the league (22.6 per game) and the Sabres have registered the ninth-most (23.4). D Thomas Chabot was scratched for the Senators.

NOTES: RW Hudson Fasching, D Nathan Beaulieu and D Victor Antipin were scratched for the Sabres. They were 4-0-1 against the Sens last season, a year that saw Ottawa advance all the way to Game Seven of the Eastern Conference final.

The only team worse off than the Senators is their tonight's host Sabres, still in the midst of their rebuild process.

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