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Senators defeat Sabres in shootout

Mike Condon makes 31 saves, two in tiebreaker, for Ottawa

by Joe Yerdon / Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Bobby Ryan and Kyle Turris scored in the shootout and Mike Condon saved two of three attempts to help the Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Wednesday.

Turris scored against former Senators goalie Robin Lehner with a wrist shot through the five-hole, and Ryan deked and slipped the puck past Lehner to end a two-game losing streak. Condon made saves against Brian Gionta and Kyle Okposo after Sam Reinhart scored.

"[Lehner]'s probably seen the move a few times," Ryan said. "Last year, I scored on him in the shootout and I shot five-hole and he was probably expecting that a little bit. … He did get down into the split and did what he had to do and took away the bottom. I just got lucky to beat him."


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Condon made 31 saves for the Senators (8-5-0). The Sabres (5-5-3) have lost back-to-back games.

"That's a lot of resiliency, coming from [Tuesday]'s game (a 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators), playing late in the night, getting here late in the night, they are waiting for us and we knew they are going to have more energy for us," Senators coach Guy Boucher said. "We were trailing also in the shootout and came back, so a lot of resiliency and guys are real proud of them because it's a tough back-to-back."

Video: OTT@BUF: Condon gloves Ristolainen's long slap shot

Nicholas Baptiste gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead 2:49 into the first period. After a faceoff win by Derek Grant, Baptiste received a pass from Cole Schneider and took a shot from the slot that got past Condon for his second goal of the season.

Schneider's assist was his first NHL point in his third game. He was recalled from Rochester of the American Hockey League on Wednesday and replaced center Ryan O'Reilly, who missed the game because of an upper-body injury. Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said O'Reilly is day-to-day.

Ryan Dzingel made it 1-1 at 7:15 of the second period. Dzingel deked past Sabres defenseman Dmitry Kulikov and took a shot that went over Lehner's glove for his fifth goal of the season.

"Coach has been stressing, talking about the ugly 76 percent of goals," Dzingel said. "Got a good-looking one there."

Senators right wing Chris Neil missed the game because of an undisclosed injury. He was replaced by Mike Blunden, who was recalled from Binghamton of the AHL on Wednesday.


Goal of the game

Dzingel's goal in the second period tied the game 1-1 and came at Kulikov's expense. Dzingel made a move and skated around Kulikov and then skated in against Lehner and beat him over his glove.

Video: OTT@BUF: Dzingel streaks into the zone and scores


Save of the game

With the Senators on a power play to start the second period, Lehner stopped a shot from the faceoff circle by Derick Brassard and then a rebound shot from Mike Hoffman with his glove.

Video: OTT@BUF: Lehner robs Hoffman with strong glove stop


Highlight of the game

The Sabres nearly won the game in overtime when Brian Gionta took a shot from the faceoff circle that glanced off the stick of Zemgus Girgensons and hit the crossbar. The puck dropped next to Condon, who swept it away from the goal line.

Video: OTT@BUF: Condon lays out, bats puck away in OT


Unsung moment of the game

With 2:48 left in the second period, the Sabres killed a 5-on-3 power play for 1:24 during which they allowed two shots on goal.


They said it

"For me, it sounds cliché, I say it all the time, but I'm trying to stay in the moment as much as possible. I'm not trying to think about anything else. Hockey can get pretty big when you're looking at the big picture and looking long-term, so I just try to stay as narrow as possible. I'm just happy to have the opportunity and I'm happy to be around these guys who fight night in and night out." -- Senators goalie Mike Condon


"It's funny how puck luck works. A puck that hits the crossbar, hit the goalie, hits the post. So hopefully one of these days the pucks going to bounce our way, but we just got to keep doing the right things, create our own luck." -- Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe


Need to know

Evander Kane returned to the Sabres lineup after he missed the past 11 games with four broken ribs. He had two shots on goal and a minor penalty. … Buffalo outshot Ottawa 8-0 in overtime. … Condon is 2-0-0 this season and has stopped 58 of 59 shots faced since he joined the Senators after a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 2.


What's next

Senators: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Sabres: Host the New Jersey Devils on Friday (7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, MSG+, NHL.TV)


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