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Post-game report: Ottawa 4 Buffalo 2

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA (AP) - Peter Schaefer and Bryan Smolinski each had a goal and an assist and the Ottawa Senators beat Buffalo 4-2 on Saturday night to tie Carolina for the Eastern Conference lead and end the Sabres' winning streak at eight games.

Zdeno Chara added a power-play goal and Chris Kelly scored into an empty net to help Ottawa win for the fourth time in five games and improve to 9-1-1 in its last 11.

Ottawa held off the Sabres' challenge for first place in the Northeast Division and moved into a tie for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with Carolina, a 4-2 loser on Saturday in Boston.

The Senators outshot Buffalo 49-22, the most shots Ottawa has had in a game this season and also the most the Sabres have allowed.

Ray Emery, starting his 10th straight game in the absence of the injured Dominik Hasek, made 20 saves to improve to 8-1-1 since the Olympic break.

Maxim Afinogenov had a goal and an assist for Buffalo and Daniel Briere also scored on the power play to reach the 20-goal mark for the third time in his career. Ryan Miller finished with 45 saves.

Notes: The Sabres' winning streak was their longest since they won 10 straight in January 1984. Buffalo was attempting to take a division lead this late in the season for the first time since 1996-97. ... Schaefer played in his 400th NHL game. ... Senators center Jason Spezza had his 100th career assist. ... The game was Ottawa's 28th sellout of the season in 32 contests at home.

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