Series (Game 1 of 1)

Ottawa leads 1-0

Game 1: Wednesday, September 28th

Senators 5

(5-0-0, 10 pts)

Sabres 2

(4-2-0, 8 pts)

7:00 PM ET, September 28, 2005

First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York

1 2 3 T
OTT 1 3 15
BUF 0 1 12

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Ottawa 5, Buffalo 2

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Dominik Hasek made 23 saves in his third game of the preseason, leading the Ottawa Senators over the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 Wednesday night.

Zdeno Chara, Steve Martins, Chris Neil, Anton Volchenkov and Chris Phillips scored for the Senators (5-0-0).

It was Hasek's second appearance in Buffalo since orchestrating his own trade from the Sabres to Detroit following the 2001 season. Hasek played nine seasons in Buffalo.

"I don't think there was any extra motivation," Hasek said. "It's my first win here, but it's only preseason."

Hasek was solid throughout a game he was rarely tested in. The 40-year-old has allowed just four goals in his three outings this preseason.

Daniel Briere and J.P. Dumont scored for Buffalo (5-2-0).

Ottawa opened the scoring just two minutes in when Chara's slap shot from the left point went off a skate in front of the net and past Buffalo goalie Martin Biron while the Sabres were two men short.

Martins made it 2-0 with a short-handed goal early in the second period, wristing a shot past Biron on the stick side.

Briere cut the lead to 2-1, finishing a 2-on-1 with linemate Thomas Vanek.

Neil and Volchenkov then connected in the second period to give the Senators a 4-1 lead. Volchenkov's goal was on the power-play, and Ottawa was 2-for-10 with the man advantage.

Phillips capped the scoring with a an empty-net goal late in the third period.

Biron made 26 saves for the Sabres, who wrap up their preseason schedule Friday night against Minnesota in Rochester, N.Y.

The Senators, who have three more preseason games remaining, were without Daniel Alfredsson and Martin Havlat.

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