Surging Sabres outlast Senators in shootout

Joe Yerdon  - Correspondent | Monday, 12.15.2014 / 11:30 PM

BUFFALO - The Buffalo Sabres have discovered that there's no place like home.

Matt Moulson scored the only goal in the shootout and Jhonas Enroth stopped all three shooters to give Buffalo a 5-4 victory against the Ottawa Senators at First Niagara Center on Monday.

The Sabres (13-16-2) have won four games in a row and 10 of 13. They've also won six straight in front of their own fans.

"We're starting to get the contributions from everyone," coach Ted Nolan said. "On any given shift someone can get one for us and we're not looking for one line or one set of defensemen, it's a whole. It's a whole team, which is a good sign."

The six-game home winning streak is the Sabres' longest since their Presidents' Trophy-winning 2006-07 season when they won six straight between Jan. 17 and Feb. 15, 2007.

"I think it's one of those things where you turn the corner and you just hope you keep taking off," forward Marcus Foligno said. "It's been a while since the feeling has been like this in this room, where confidence is high and you're getting a lot of production from different lines, where before it wasn't there. It's just positive energy. It takes a while to build something here. We've got something special going."

Sabres forward Brian Flynn tied it 4-4 with 3:29 left in the third period when he put the rebound of a shot by Foligno past Senators goalie Robin Lehner for his fourth goal of the season.

"Timely scoring, great goaltending and I still think we can play a bit better," Flynn said. "It's nice when you can find ways to win games like this when you don't play your 'A' game."

Alex Chiasson gave the Senators a 4-3 lead 5:04 into the third period with his seventh goal of the season. Chiasson stole the puck from Sabres defenseman Andrej Meszaros near the blue line and skated in on a 2-on-1 with Curtis Lazar against Tyson Strachan. Chiasson deked and took a backhand that beat Enroth.

"We battled back here and got a point, but it's definitely not the way we wanted to play as a team," Chiasson said. "We're still moving in the right direction. We do a lot more things the way we're supposed to do them and it obviously shows during the game."

The Senators (12-12-6) overcame a 3-1 deficit.

Forward Mark Stone cut the Sabres' lead to 3-2 with his seventh goal of the season. Stone received a pass from Kyle Turris on a 3-on-2 against Sabres defensemen Tyler Myers and Nikita Zadorov and took a wrist shot that beat Enroth at 13:42 of the second period.

"I thought the first 10 minutes of the third period we got back to the way were playing before which was five guys tight through all three zones and guys putting in an effort and short shifts and trusting the guy beside them," Senators coach Dave Cameron said. "I thought we took it to them there and scored three unanswered goals and we're on top of our game but we weren't able to close it."

Lazar made it 3-3 at 2:02 of the third period with his first career NHL goal. He poked the rebound of an Erik Condra shot past Enroth after a turnover by Strachan.

"It's really nice to see," Cameron said. "He's such a terrific kid. He was snake bitten a little bit, so it was nice to see him get that."

Bobby Ryan scored in the first period for the Senators. Ryan has scored a point in four of the past five games and has six points in that time. Rasmus Ristolainen scored a power-play goal at 4:11 of the second period that tied it 1-1. It was the Sabres' seventh power-play goal of the season.

"They got some life with the [power-play] goal," Ryan said. "You don't realize how big that is when you score a [power-play] goal… They made some plays."

Moulson and Foligno made it 3-1 when they scored 32 seconds apart in the second period.

Moulson's seventh goal of the season came when he put a rebound of his own deflection of an Andrej Meszaros shot past Lehner.

"Sometimes you get lucky," Moulson said. "I thought I got a piece of it when Meszaros shot it and it went in. But I was lucky enough to be there, and I'll take those goals."

Foligno scored in his third consecutive game when he tapped in a pass from Flynn for his fifth goal of the season.

"It was a 3-on-2 from our own end," Flynn said. "No one came to me so I just kind of hung onto it, hung onto it, and tried to wait for Gionta or Foligno to find a lane and I was fortunate that puck got through to [Foligno]."

Enroth and Lehner each made 29 saves.

Sabres forward Torrey Mitchell sustained a lower-body injury when he blocked a shot by Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson in the first period. Mitchell did not return following the period. With the Sabres on the road to play the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, they recalled forward Mikhail Grigorenko from Rochester of the American Hockey League.

"With a young team it's going to take some time," Nolan said. "Knock on wood, we don't have some more bumps. But when you're developing a young team, you're going to go through those spurts and we're not through the woods yet. We've still got a lot of growing to do."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
07:24OTT Bobby Ryan (7) ASST: Mike Hoffman (6), Mika Zibanejad (7) 1 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
04:11BUF PPG - Rasmus Ristolainen (2) ASST: Chris Stewart (2), Brian Gionta (7) 1 - 1 Tie
07:00BUF Matt Moulson (7) ASST: Andrej Meszaros (4), Tyler Ennis (14) 2 - 1 BUF
07:32BUF Marcus Foligno (5) ASST: Brian Flynn (3), Tyler Myers (7) 3 - 1 BUF
13:42OTT Mark Stone (7) ASST: Kyle Turris (15), Cody Ceci (8) 3 - 2 BUF
3rd Period
02:02OTT Curtis Lazar (1) ASST: Erik Condra (2), Alex Chiasson (8) 3 - 3 Tie
05:04OTT Alex Chiasson (7) ASST: Mark Borowiecki (2) 4 - 3 OTT
16:31BUF Brian Flynn (4) ASST: Marcus Foligno (4), Andre Benoit (2) 4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
1BUFMatt Moulson - Goal
2OTTMika Zibanejad - Save
3BUFTyler Ennis - Missed
4OTTKyle Turris - Save
5BUFZemgus Girgensons - Save
6OTTBobby Ryan - Missed
Shootout Summary
RNDBuffalo SabresOttawa Senators
1Matt MoulsonMika Zibanejad
2Tyler EnnisKyle Turris
3Zemgus GirgensonsBobby Ryan
Three Stars of the Game
Brian Flynn
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 19:00
Marcus Foligno
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 5
PTS: 2PIM: 4
+/-: 2TOI: 16:59
Rasmus Ristolainen
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 25:24
Penalty Summary
1st Period
10:05BUF Tyson Strachan  Instigator against  Mark Borowiecki
10:05BUF Tyson Strachan  Fighting (maj) against  Mark Borowiecki
10:05BUF Tyson Strachan  Misconduct (10 min)
10:05OTT Mark Borowiecki  Fighting (maj) against  Tyson Strachan
12:05OTT Kyle Turris  Hooking against  Patrick Kaleta
14:31OTT Eric Gryba  Hooking against  Cody Hodgson
19:44BUF Andrej Meszaros  Interference against  Erik Condra
2nd Period
02:31OTT Jared Cowen  Holding against  Marcus Foligno
09:57OTT Mika Zibanejad  Hi-sticking against  Zemgus Girgensons
09:57BUF Zemgus Girgensons  Hi-sticking against  Mika Zibanejad
14:41BUF Nikita Zadorov  Kneeing against  Mark Stone
3rd Period
06:57BUF Marcus Foligno  Roughing against  Alex Chiasson
06:57BUF Marcus Foligno  Roughing against  Alex Chiasson
06:57OTT Alex Chiasson  Roughing against  Marcus Foligno
12:30BUF Tyler Myers  Holding against  Mike Hoffman
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/51/3
Faceoff Wins3429
Blocked Shots412
Penalty Minutes1529
2J. CowenD0000219:17
5C. CeciD0102020:41
6B. RyanR10-12018:17
7K. TurrisC0115222:03
9M. MichalekL0005014:35
14C. GreeningL0001011:12
16C. MacArthurL0014017:41
17D. LegwandC0000014:31
22E. CondraR0111012:23
27C. LazarR1011011:11
46P. WierciochD0000011:00
61M. StoneR1011017:05
62E. GrybaD0000218:23
65E. KarlssonD0012034:02
68M. HoffmanL01-15016:23
74M. BorowieckiD0110519:03
90A. ChiassonR1112216:05
93M. ZibanejadC01-12218:28
40R. Lehner2933.87965:00
12B. GiontaR0122019:23
17T. MitchellC000004:04
19C. HodgsonC00-22013:24
21D. StaffordR00-21016:03
24T. StrachanD00-211712:55
26M. MoulsonL10-13018:29
28Z. GirgensonsC00-13221:01
36P. KaletaR000108:48
41A. MeszarosD01-10214:52
44N. DeslauriersL0001013:17
51N. ZadorovD00-12227:44
55R. RistolainenD1004025:24
57T. MyersD0102231:09
61A. BenoitD0122016:16
63T. EnnisC01-12019:35
65B. FlynnC1124019:00
80C. StewartR01-20010:08
82M. FolignoL1123416:59
1J. Enroth2933.87964:29