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Sabres' Legs Run Out

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres

September 28, 2005
by Brian Wheeler

The Buffalo Sabres finally ran out of gas from the grueling exhibition schedule the team has endured the last two weeks. Skating with used legs from last night's win over Toronto, the Sabres suffered the team's second lose of the preseason at the hands of the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa scored three second-period goals and rolled to a 5-2 victory and their fifth win during exhibition play. Buffalo now moves to 5-2-0-0.

(AUDIO: Lindy Ruff's Post-Game Press Conference)

"I thought it was a real good test," stated Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff following the game. "That (loss) grounds you a little bit and makes you realize that you can't have your lack of discipline or make those types of mistakes against the really good teams, or you'll lose the game."

"I thought we really skated well last night," continued Ruff. "Tonight, it looked like we were fatigued in the later shifts."

Former Sabre, Dominik Hasek recorded the victory for the Senators making 23 saves in the game. Hasek is coming off an injury-plagued season in 2003-04, when he appeared in only 14 games for Detroit, and is expected to anchor Ottawa for the entire season.

"(Hasek) is tough to read," stated Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere, who scored a goal and an assist in the game. "You come down on him and you don't know what he is going to do. He looked pretty sharp tonight."

Martin Biron saved 26 of 30 shots in the losing effort for Buffalo. Three of the four goals scored on Biron came off fluke plays.

"The first couple of goals were really weird," stated Biron. "The first one was five-on-three. I tried to take the shooters lane away; he shot it about five feet wide and it hits something and comes back in front of the net. It was just that sort of night."

With the increased flow of the game, Biron believes that anything can happen in the new NHL and that no lead may be insurmountable in the third period.

"After two periods, I wanted to make sure that I came in the third period and really played well. With the new NHL, we don't know what is going to happen and I don't think teams will be able to sit on a lead in the third period as much as we used to."

JP Dumont also recorded a goal and an assist for Buffalo, while Thomas Vanek was credited with an assist.

Buffalo will next face the Minnesota Wild at the Blue Cross Arena for the team's first game in Rochester, N.Y. The opening face-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM.

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Photo Gallery

0-1 (2:17): Zdeno Chara blasts a slap shot from the point that beats Martin Biron on the stick side high on the power play. Brian Pothier and Dany Heatley record the assists.

0-1 (10:50): Jeff Jillson just creamed Denis Hamel at the blue line. Welcome back to Buffalo, Deny.


0-2 (3:57): JP Dumont attempts to pass the puck to Teppo Numminen from behind the Sabres net. Pass deflects off Numminen's skate to Steve Martin who snaps a point blank wrist shot past Biron on his stick side.

1-2 (6:18): Daniel Briere and Thomas Vanek breakout in a two-on-one. Briere gets Chris Phillips to commit and sprawl on the ice. He quickly passes the puck to Vanek to immediately dishes it back to Briere for the open-net goal.

1-3 (11:07): Chris Neil collects an odd rebound that caromed horizontally off Biron’s pad, skates across the crease all alone and beats a sprawling Biron.

1-4 (19:43): With only 17 seconds remaining in the period, Anton Volchenkov scores a power play goal to extend the Senators' lead to three. Jason Spezza and Patrick Eaves each record their first points of the game with the assists.

2-4 (4:52): Daniel Briere take the puck end-to-end, tries to fight through two defenders but loses control. Dumont collects the loose puck and wrists a shot that deflects off Hasek's shoulder into the net.

2-5 (19:41): Chris Phillips scores the final goal of regulation for Ottawa, sealing the Sabres defeat. It was an empty net goal. Zdeno Chara records his second point of the game with the assist. Martin Biron made 13 saves in the final period of play.
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