Sens win ninth straight over Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Even without a full lineup, the Senators still have the Sabres' number.

Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Kelly had a goal and an assist each, Brian Elliott made 41 saves, and the shorthanded Senators beat the Sabres for the ninth straight time, 4-2 Friday night.

Ottawa was without third-leading scorer Alex Kovalev, out with a lower-body injury, and leading goal scorer Milan Michalek, who has a leg injury that has forced him to miss four games.

The Senators then lost second-leading scorer Mike Fisher when he received a five-minute boarding penalty and a game misconduct with 4:28 to go in the first period after he shoved Buffalo agitator Patrick Kaleta from behind and into the end boards. Still, the undermanned Senators were able to improve to 25-6-4 against the Sabres since the lockout.

"A lot of guys stepped up," Spezza said. "That's what it's all about at this time of the year, because nobody is going to be healthy."

Peter Regin also scored to help the Senators win their third straight after a five-game losing streak. They pulled within five points of first-place Buffalo in the Northeast Division. The Sabres, though, have two games in hand.

Ryan Miller made 26 saves for Buffalo, which had its four-game winning streak snapped. The Sabres needed a win to clinch a playoff spot.

"They're playing a certain kind of system against us, and it goes against our group of forwards," Miller said of the Senators. "We've got to suck it up and play a better game."

Game highlights: Johan Franzen had two goals and two assists for his first career four-point game in the Red Wings' 6-2 win over the Wild. "It was bouncing my way tonight, our way. It happens," Franzen said.

Panthers: Wing David Booth was released from a Montreal hospital after suffering his second concussion of the season. He was scheduled to fly to South Florida for further evaluation. He was hurt Thursday against the Canadiens when Montreal defenseman Jaroslav Spacek delivered a head-on shoulder check to the head as Booth entered the Canadiens' zone. The hit was legal; no penalty was called. Booth lay on the ice for few minutes and then had to be helped off. He missed 45 games this season after he sustained a concussion on a blindside hit by the Flyers' Mike Richards on Oct. 24.

Penguins: Center Evgeni Malkin will miss a third consecutive game today, against the Flyers, because of a bruised right foot. Malkin has played in only one of Pittsburgh's past five games because of foot injuries.

Sharks: They clinched a playoff berth with a 3-0 victory over the Stars late Thursday.

Senators 1 2 1 4
at Sabres 0 1 1 2

First Period1, Ottawa, Kelly 15 (Ruutu, Neil), 6:42. PenaltiesZ.Smith, Ott, major (fighting), 2:57; Kaleta, Buf, major (fighting), 2:57; Fisher, Ott, major-misconduct (boarding), 15:32; Connolly, Buf (slashing), 16:41.

Second Period2, Ottawa, Regin 11 (Spezza, Carkner), 5:36. 3, Buffalo, Kennedy 9 (Gaustad), 10:52. 4, Ottawa, Spezza 20 (Alfredsson, Karlsson), 14:03 (pp). PenaltiesShannon, Ott (interference), 7:11; Lydman, Buf (tripping), 13:40; Montador, Buf (cross-checking), 19:27.

Third Period5, Buffalo, Pominville 22, 1:34. 6, Ottawa, Alfredsson 19 (Ruutu, Kelly), 19:59 (en). PenaltiesOttawa bench, served by Shannon (too many men), 17:04. Shots on GoalOttawa 10-11-9—30. Buffalo 17-14-12—43. Power-play opportunitiesOttawa 1 of 2; Buffalo 0 of 4. GoaliesOttawa, Elliott 26-17-3 (43 shots-41 saves). Buffalo, Miller 37-16-8 (29-26). A18,690 (18,690).

at Red Wings 0 4 2 6
Wild 0 1 1 2

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesMiettinen, Min (holding), 1:07; Schultz, Min (delay of game), 4:36; Scott, Min (hooking), 11:21; Kronwall, Det (holding stick), 16:35.

Second Period1, Detroit, Franzen 8 (Ja.Williams), 1:19. 2, Detroit, Holmstrom 21 (Lidstrom, Franzen), 4:32 (pp). 3, Detroit, Ericsson 4 (Lidstrom, Kronwall), 10:03 (sh). 4, Detroit, Datsyuk 24 (Franzen, Ericsson), 11:23. 5, Minnesota, Brunette 23 (Zidlicky, Ebbett), 16:07 (pp). PenaltiesBrodziak, Min (tripping), 1:31; Miettinen, Min (slashing), 3:16; Ericsson, Det (interference), 7:45; Detroit bench, served by Franzen (too many men), 9:01; Eaves, Det (hooking), 15:58.

Third Period6, Minnesota, Nolan 15 (Sheppard, Burns), 2:09. 7, Detroit, Franzen 9 (Holmstrom, Datsyuk), 5:29 (pp). 8, Detroit, Miller 9 (Ja.Williams, Draper), 7:26. PenaltiesSchultz, Min (unsportsmanlike conduct), 3:38; Clutterbuck, Min (interference), 12:11; Bertuzzi, Det (goaltender interference), 12:45; Havlat, Min (holding), 17:59; Clutterbuck, Min (unsportsmanlike conduct, roughing), 18:51. Shots on GoalMinnesota 9-9-9—27. Detroit 13-19-10—42. Power-play opportunitiesMinnesota 1 of 5; Detroit 2 of 9. GoaliesMinnesota, Harding 9-12-0 (32 shots-28 saves), Backstrom (0:00 third, 10-8). Detroit, Howard 31-15-9 (27-25). A20,066 (20,066).

Ducks 1 0 2 3
at Oilers 0 1 1 2

First Period1, Anaheim, Parros 3 (Carter, Beleskey), 8:18. PenaltiesDeslauriers, Edm, served by Stortini (interference), 14:17.

Second Period2, Edmonton, Brule 16 (Gilbert, Whitney), 5:52. PenaltiesParros, Ana, major (fighting), 2:37; Stortini, Edm, major (fighting), 2:37; Carter, Ana (delay of game), 7:49; Brookbank, Ana (tripping), 11:25; Bonino, Ana (hooking), 19:34.

Third Period3, Anaheim, Perry 25 (Selanne, Niedermayer), 12:30 (pp). 4, Anaheim, Perry 26 (Selanne, Visnovsky), 14:05 (pp). 5, Edmonton, Pouliot 6 (Whitney, Johnson), 19:40 (pp). PenaltiesKoivu, Ana (slashing), 3:32; Brule, Edm (goaltender interference), 5:38; Carter, Ana (cross-checking), 9:45; Whitney, Edm (slashing), 11:00; Ryan, Ana (roughing), 11:29; Arsene, Edm (roughing), 11:29; Chorney, Edm (slashing), 12:13; Brown, Ana, major-misconduct (fighting), 14:08; Arsene, Edm, major-misconduct (fighting), 14:08; Mikkelson, Ana (hooking), 18:08; Brookbank, Ana (roughing), 19:31; Whitney, Edm, misconduct, 20:00.

Shots on GoalAnaheim 10-14-16—40. Edmonton 10-11-15—36. Power-play opportunitiesAnaheim 2 of 4; Edmonton 1 of 7.

GoaliesAnaheim, McElhinney 5-4-0 (36 shots-34 saves). Edmonton, Deslauriers 15-26-3 (40-37). A16,839 (16,839).

Sens win ninth straight over Sabres 03/26/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 27, 2010 1:10am]

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