OTTAWA (CP) - Tim Connolly had two goals and an assist to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 6-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
The win allowed Buffalo to get within six points of Ottawa for the Northeast Division lead. Buffalo has four games left to play while the Senators have five. The game marked the Senators' first three-game losing streak of the season and the first time they've allowed six goals. Chris Drury, Taylor Pyatt, Jay McKee and Dmitri Kalinin also scored for the Sabres.
Ryan Miller was solid in net for the Sabres, making 30 saves.
Patrick Eaves and Daniel Alfredsson scored for the Senators (50-19-8). Ray Emery started the game in goal, but was pulled after allowing four goals on 22 shots. Mike Morrison faced nine shots in relief.
The Sabres (48-24-6) opened the scoring 77 seconds into the first period as Drury collected a rebound and beat Emery through the legs.
Eaves picked up his 19th of the season on the power play to tie the game in front of 19,575 at Scotiabank Place, but just over a minute later Connolly regained the lead for Buffalo.
The Sabres dominated the second period, scoring three goals to chase Emery from the game.
Pyatt made it 3-1 at the three-minute mark of the period beating Emery, who was making his 21st straight start, high glove side. McKee's goal just over three minutes later ended Emery's night.
Morrison came on in relief, marking just his second appearance in a Senators uniform since being picked up off waivers from Edmonton at the trade deadline.
Alfredsson cut the lead in half less than a minute later when he scored on a great pass from Jason Spezza for his 41st goal. The Senators pressed for another, but then the Sabres took advantage of a turnover and Kalinin made it 5-2.
Connolly scored his second of the game on a power play late in the third.
With the loss the Senators wrapped up its season series against the Sabres with a 5-1-2 record.
Notes: The Senators were without D Wade Redden (personal reasons), RW Martin Havlat (shoulder, out indefinitely), D Zdeno Chara (hand, day-to-day) D Chris Phillips (left knee sprain, 3-4 weeks) and G Dominik Hasek (adductor muscle, out indefinitely) RW Brian McGrattan was a healthy scratch. Buffalo was without C Adam Mair (concussion, out indefinitely), C Jochen Hecht (knee, 2 weeks), D Teppo Numminen (knee, out indefinitely) and LW Andrew Peters was a healthy scratch.