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Senators Take Another Meeting

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
The Buffalo Sabres were their own worst enemy on Saturday night. Playing uncharacteristically undisciplined, the Sabres saw a first period lead evaporate as a barrage of penalties gave the Ottawa Senators more than enough power-play opportunities to erase the deficit and create a lead of their own.

Ottawa scored on two of nine man advantages despite boasting a league-worst eight per cent conversion rate on the power play at the Scotiabank Place and defeated Buffalo for the second time this season, 4-1.

The loss was the first Buffalo has suffered on the road this season after winning their first 10 games away from HSBC Arena.

Making his first start in seven games, Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller was the one bright spot for Buffalo. Miller displayed no lingering effects of the muscle strain he suffered on November 10 in making 37 saves. Miller falls to 9-2-1 on the season. Ottawa out shot the Sabres 41-24, including 19-9 in the third period.

Maxim Afinogenov scored the lone Buffalo goal with just 1.5 seconds remaining in the first period. Afinogenov one-timed Antoine Vermette's turnover past Ray Emery at 19:59 for his second goal and third point since returning to the lineup two games ago.

Buffalo's leading scorer when he was injured, Afinogenov currently ranks third on the team with 22 points (10+12) in 14 games.

Ottawa evened the score five minutes into the second period with their first power-play goal. Peter Schaefer chipped Chris Neil's rebound over Miller's right pad for his third goal of the season at 5:11.

Dany Heatley ripped a one-timer past Miller as he was cutting to the net from the right wing with the man advantage to make the score 2-1 in favor of Ottawa at 1:22 of the third.

Collecting a loose puck in the slot, Vermette fired a backhander that slipped between Miller's pads at 14:50 of the third.

Coming out of the penalty box, Chris Phillips charges Miller on a breakaway and beat the netminder with a high wristshot at 17:17. Heatley setup the breakaway with a long pass through the neutral zone.
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