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March 18, 2006

Buffalo Sabres 2, Ottawa Senators 4 FINAL
FINAL 1 2 3 T
Buffalo   0 1 1 2
Ottawa   2 1 1 4
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B. SMOLINSKI
Scored the game winner

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R. EMERY
Game winning goaltender

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OTTAWA (AP) - The Ottawa Senators sent a message to the Buffalo Sabres - and the Carolina Hurricanes.

Peter Schaefer and Bryan Smolinski each had a goal and an assist and the Senators beat Buffalo 4-2 on Saturday night to tie Carolina for the Eastern Conference lead and end the Sabres' winning streak at eight games.

Zdeno Chara added a power-play goal and Chris Kelly scored into an empty net to help Ottawa win for the fourth time in five games and improve to 9-1-1 in its last 11.

Ottawa held off the Sabres' challenge for first place in the Northeast Division and moved into a tie for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with Carolina, a 4-2 loser on Saturday in Boston.

"They were sniffing behind us in the standings and playing great, but we came out hard," Schaefer said.

The Senators outshot Buffalo 49-22, the most shots Ottawa has had in a game this season and also the most the Sabres have allowed.

"I thought we played very well," Senators coach Bryan Murray said. "We didn't capitalize on a lot of the chances we have, but the effort was great. And we didn't give up a lot of chances."

Ray Emery, starting his 10th straight game in the absence of the injured Dominik Hasek, made 20 saves to improve to 8-1-1 since the Olympic break.

Maxim Afinogenov had a goal and an assist for Buffalo and Daniel Briere also scored on the power play to reach the 20-goal mark for the third time in his career.

"For a game like this, there's no excuses," Briere said. "We seem to play well against the Senators when we play at home, but there's some guys that have to show up on the road. Yeah, they took control of the game, but we never got back."

Ryan Miller made 45 saves for Buffalo.

"It's tough to get your feet going against this team," Miller said. "We got caught chasing the puck. They're a good team, they got a lot of pucks at the net. We got behind early in the penalties and it threw us off our rhythm."

Notes: The Sabres' winning streak was their longest since they won 10 straight in January 1984. Buffalo was attempting to take a division lead this late in the season for the first time since 1996-97. ... Schaefer played in his 400th NHL game. ... Senators center Jason Spezza had his 100th career assist. ... The game was Ottawa's 28th sellout of the season in 32 contests at home.

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Three star selections:
1st:   RYAN MILLER
2nd:   ZDENO CHARA
3rd:   BRYAN SMOLINSKI
Winning Goaltender:
RAY EMERY
Losing Goaltender:
RYAN MILLER


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