Final

Series (Game 5 of 8)

Ottawa leads 5-3

Game 1: Saturday, October 8th
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Game 2: Wednesday, November 2nd
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Sabres4
Game 3: Saturday, November 12th
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Senators6
Game 4: Saturday, February 4th
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Sabres2
Game 5: Saturday, March 18th
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Senators4
Game 6: Friday, March 24th
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Game 7: Wednesday, April 5th
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Game 8: Saturday, April 8th
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Sabres 2

(44-17-5, 93 pts)

Senators 4

(45-15-6, 96 pts)

7:00 PM ET, March 18, 2006

Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 T
BUF 0 1 12
OTT 2 1 14

R. Miller (Sabres - G): Saves: 45, Save Pct.: .938

Z. Chara (Senators - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

B. Smolinski (Senators - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Buffalo (44-16-5) at Ottawa (44-15-6) 7:00 pm EST

Buffalo (44-16-5) at Ottawa (44-15-6) 7:00 pm EST

OTTAWA (Ticker) -- With one month to go in the regular season, the Ottawa Senators and the Buffalo Sabres will be playing with a playoff mentality.

Separated by one point in the Northeast Division, the Senators meet the Sabres in the first of four meetings in the final weeks of the campaign.

Ottawa is 8-1-1 in its last 10 outings and has the top spot over Buffalo in the division race, while trailing Carolina by two points for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Jason Spezza scored his 18th goal and Andrew Vermette added his 16th for the Senators, who had a three-game winning streak snapped with Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins.

Currently fourth in the East, Buffalo is looking for its first nine-game winning streak and has scored 29 goals in its last five contests.

Chris Drury had two goals and an assist and Mike Grier added his 17th for the Sabres in Thursday's 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Buffalo has the best road record in the East (21-8-2) but has lost three of the four previous meetings against Ottawa this season.

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