Series (Game 1 of 1)
Ottawa leads 1-0
(5-0-0, 10 pts)
(4-2-0, 8 pts)
7:00 PM ET, September 28, 2005
First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York
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
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
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
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
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.