Senators 3, Sabres 2, OT

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 13, 2011
Jared Cowen scored 45 seconds into overtime, giving the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. Cowen pinched into the slot and redirected a pass from Erik Karlsson in the right corner. Milan Michalek and Peter Regin also scored for Ottawa, which came back after trailing 2-1 in the first period. Michalek, who leads the NHL with 19 goals, left the game with 5 1/2 minutes remaining in the second period after colliding with Karlsson. Craig Anderson stopped 27 shots. Ryan Miller made a season-high 41 saves for the Sabres, who dropped to 2-5-3 in their last 10 home games. Paul Szczechura and Tyler Ennis scored for Buffalo. Buffalo had its six-game winning streak against Ottawa snapped. The Sabres are 8-1-1 in the last 10 games of the Northeast Division rivalry. Regin's goal tied the game 7 1/2 minutes into the third period, when his point shot got through a screen in front of Miller. Buffalo got off to yet another slow start as Michalek scored just 69 seconds into the game. As Miller appeared to lose sight of the puck, bouncing in several different directions, Jason Spezza delivered a drop pass to Michalek in the slot for an easy one-timer. Buffalo came back and scored with 5:44 left in the first when Szczechura scored on a backhander after breaking up a pass in the slot. Just 88 seconds later, Ennis put the Sabres up on a wrist shot from the slot, following a nice feed by Drew Stafford in the left circle. For Szczechura, it was his first NHL goal since March 25, 2010, with Tampa Bay at Boston. NOTES: Michalek has scored a goal in six of his last eight games. ... D Mike Weber, who missed 11 games with a broken rib, returned to the Buffalo lineup, along with C Paul Gaustad, who sat out three games with an upper-body injury. ... Szczechura, who was injured through training camp and had been a game-day call-up for his first three games, appeared in his fifth game and centered for Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville. ... Ottawa C Nick Foligno played in his 300th NHL game. He has points in six of his last eight. ... The Senators have been outscored 33-20 in the first period.
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