Daniel Alfredsson had his eighth career hat trick and reached 1,000th NHL points, and Brian Elliott made 34 saves in the Ottawa Senators' 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.
Elliott improved to 9-0-0 against the Sabres, and Alfredsson notched the milestone point with an empty-net goal with 22 seconds left to help the Senators win for the first time in five tries this season on the road ...more.
Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson scored the eventual game-winning goal when he rushed the puck up the right wing boards on a 2-on-1 and unleashed a slap shot into the top left corner of the net, giving Ottawa a 3-2 lead midway through the second period. Cody McCormick narrowly missed on his diving poke check attempt from behind.
Daniel Alfredsson – the active leader in career points vs. Buffalo – notched his 79th, 80th and 81st career points (41-40-81) against the Sabres with his eighth career hat trick, scoring a goal in each period. Making Alfredsson’s night even more special was the fact that his third goal of the game, an empty-netter with 22 seconds remaining, gave him 1,000 points for his NHL career. Alfredsson becomes the fifth player to score his 1,000th career point against Buffalo, joining Henri Richard, Denis Potvin, Steve Yzerman and Alexander Mogilny.
That’s the challenge ahead of us. Every team has adversity during the year and it’s just a matter of when it is. Right now, it’s at the start for us and we’ve got to push forward and push through. - Jordan Leopold on the team’s 0-4-1 start on home ice
- Tim Connolly scored both of Buffalo’s goals to register his 10th career two-goal game and his first since Dec. 27, 2009 at St. Louis. Connolly led the Sabres with five shots on goal.
- Andrej Sekera assisted on Connolly’s first goal to record his first point of the 2010-11 season. Jochen Hecht and Chris Butler assisted on the second goal.
- Senators goalie Brian Elliot improved to 9-0-0 all-time against the Sabres, moving him into sole possession of 5th place in career wins vs. Buffalo among active goalies.
Buffalo will complete its third set of back-to-back games when they travel to New Jersey on Saturday. The Devils defeated the Sabres 1-0 in overtime on Oct. 13 despite a season-high 34 saves by Ryan Miller. Ilya Kovalchuk scored the game-winner for New Jersey just 53 seconds into the extra frame.