November 2, 2005
by Brian Wheeler
For the first time in franchise history, the Buffalo Sabres allowed a pair of four-goal performances in the same game.
Martin Havlat, in his first game since serving a five-game suspension for kicking, and Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson each chipped in four as Ottawa rolled to the 10-4 victory in front of 13,905 at HSBC Arena on Wednesday night. Lindy Ruff
| Martin Biron
| Mika Noronen
"We got rattled," said head coach Lindy Ruff of his team, which allowed the most goals in the history of HSBC Arena. "We got loose, battled back to get in the game and had a big turnover late in the second that led to them sealing the game."
Havlat and Alfredsson were the first duo in the NHL to record four goals in the same contest since Randy McKay and John Madden scored four apiece for New Jersey on October 28, 2000 versus Pittsburgh.
Jaroslav Svejkovsky of the Washington Capitals was the last player to record a four-goal game against the Sabres on April 13, 1997.
"Every chance we gave them, they made us pay dearly," said Ruff. "They have some offensive firepower that makes plays and doesn't miss."
Ottawa jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first as Dany Heatley notched two goals and Havlat scored his first of the game off the Senator's first six shots on goal.
The flurry prompted Ruff to replace Biron with Mika Noronen, who allowed four goals off 17 shots in the first and second periods.
Biron returned in the third, making 10 saves on 13 shots.
"I don't think they were ready," said Ruff of the goaltending duo. "I think frustration was in their game and in their practices.
"The goal was to get them ready for Friday night. That's why Marty went back in net in the third."
Biron received the start unexpectedly when Ryan Miller
broke his thumb in practice on Wednesday morning. Miller will miss up to six weeks.
"He just turned his hand to steer the puck towards the corner, it missed his blocker and hit his thumb," said Ruff describing the injury.
Havlat tallied his second at 13:54 to close out the opening period of play and his third at 2:36 of the second to put Ottawa up 5-0.
Buffalo rallied in the second with goals by Jay McKee, Ales Kotalik and Chris Drury to cut the Senators lead to two.
McKee fired a shot past Ottawa goaltender Ray Emery for the Sabres first goal at 6:14. Four minutes later, Drury stuffed home a loose puck next to Emery's skate to make the score 5-2.
Kotalik fired a precision shot from the right wing on the power play for Buffalo's final goal of the second.
Ottawa would close out the period with a pair of goals from Havlat and Alfredsson to head into the second intermission with a 7-3 lead.
Alfredsson opened up the third with two goals at 5:12 and 9:13 to complete the natural hat trick and added his fourth at 16:00.
Briere scored his second of the game and fourth point (2+2) at 14:01, extending his scoring streak to eight games and tying his career high.
Buffalo will next face Montreal in the first game of a home-and-home series on Friday night at 8:00 PM.
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0-1 (0:34): On the Senators first shot on goal, Dany Heatley beats Martin Biron to give Ottawa the early 1-0 lead. Heatley barely squeezed the puck between Biron's pads and the left post. Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza are credited with the assists.
0-2 (3:13): On the Senators third on goal, Martin Havlat gives Ottawa a two-goal lead. Chris Neil and Brian Pothier record the helpers.
0-2 (3:14): Andrew Peters and Brian McGratton go toe-to-toe at center ice off the ensueing faceoff. They tussle for about 30 seconds before falling to the ice. Decision: Draw
0-3 (7:27): Dany Heatley nets his second goal of the game and gives Ottawa the 3-0 lead less than eight minutes into the contest. Martin Biron is replaced by Mika Noronen. Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson both record their second assists of the night.
0-4 (13:54): Martin Havlat cuts in front of the net and flips a backhand over Mika Noronen for extend the lead to four. Peter Schaefer records the assist.Period 2
0-5 (2:36): Martin Havlat completes the hattrick after snapping a wrist shot that beats Mika Noronen high on his glove side. Peter Schaefer and Zdeno Chara are credited with the assists.
1-5 (6:14): Jay McKee wrists a shot past Ottawa goaltender Ray Emery for Buffalo's first goal. Emery was heavily screened by JP Dumont. Daniel Briere records the first assist to extend his scoring streak to eight games (7+3=10), tying his career high. JP Dumont gets the second helper.
2-5 (10:52): Chris Drury stuffs in a loose puck that was sitting on the right post for his second goal of the season. Ottawa's lead is decreased to three. Thomas Vanek
records the assist and his first point in three games.
3-5 (13:19): Ales Kotalik goes topshelf from the right wing with a percision shot and decreases Ottawa's lead to two. Brian Campbell is credited with the first assist and Daniel Briere picks up his second point of the night with the other helper.
3-6 (16:58): Martin Havlat scores his fourth goal to extend Ottawa's lead to three. Andrej Meszaros records the assist.
3-7 (18:32): On a breakaway, Daniel Alfredsson snaps a wrist shot over Mika Noronen for his third point of the game. The goal is unassisted. Period 3
3-7 (20:00): Martin Biron returns to the Sabres crease.
3-8 (5:12): Daniel Afredsson scores his second goal of the game to put Ottawa up by five. Jason Spezza and Zdeno Chara record the assists.
3-9 (9:13): Daniel Afredsson records his third goal of the game and extends the Senator's lead to six. Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza record the helpers.
4-9 (14:01): Daniel Briere scores his tenth goal of the season with the power-play marker. Maxim Afinogenov and Teppo Numminen records the assists.
4-10 (16:00): Daniel Afredsson records his fourth goal of the game and extends the Senator's lead to six. Christoph Schubert records the helper.