Sabres seize early advantage, hold on for 6-4 victory against Senators.


Sabres seize early advantage, hold on for 6-4 victory against Senators.

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In an evening dedicated to celebrating excellence in goaltending, the Buffalo Sabres’ 6-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre took an unexpected turn. The night commenced with a tribute to the former Senators’ goaltending legend, Craig Anderson, who had signed a one-day contract to retire as part of the Ottawa franchise. However, it concluded with a flurry of goals that raised the game’s total to an astonishing 10.

Jeff Skinner tallied two goals, while Tage Thompson, Zemgus Girginsons, and Alex Tuch added singles, leading the Sabres to a commanding 5-1 lead after two periods and prompting the Senators to replace their starting goalie, Anton Forsberg. Sabres’ netminder Ukko-Pekka Luukonen made 34 saves to secure the victory.

Joonas Korpisalo replaced Forsberg in the third period, making six saves in what should have been mop-up duty. Nevertheless, the Senators mounted a furious rally in the final minutes, closing the gap to 5-4 with just 35 seconds remaining. Yet, Thompson’s second goal, an empty-netter, sealed the game and capped off a tumultuous night for the goaltenders.

Although Jakob Chychrun contributed a goal in the second period, reducing the deficit to 3-1, it wasn’t until the game’s final five minutes that the Senators intensified their efforts. Vladimir Tarasenko, Josh Norris, and Mathieu Joseph each scored late goals, creating some tension, but the Sabres managed to secure the win.

Senators coach D.J. Smith expressed the need for a stronger performance and improved defensive play, while forward Claude Giroux encouraged the team to focus on consistency and continued hard work.

The game had a concerning moment when Brady Tkachuk left the ice late in the third period after a seemingly routine collision with Sabres center Peyton Krebs. Tkachuk, however, returned for the third period after sustaining an elbow stinger.

Tkachuk was involved in a late-game fight with Alex Tuch and may face suspension due to an instigator penalty. The Senators retain the option to appeal the league’s decision.

Despite the late-game commotion, the Sabres focused on their cohesive play and the effectiveness of their game plan, as mentioned by Alex Tuch.


  • Brady Tkachuk engaged in a fight with Alex Tuch late in the game, showcasing his physicality.
  • Craig Anderson participated in a ceremonial faceoff featuring both starting goalies, a unique sight.
  • Artem Zub missed his second consecutive game due to an ear injury.


  • Senators will visit the New York Islanders on Thursday.
  • Sabres will visit the New Jersey Devils on Friday.


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