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Briere's OT winner lifts Sabres past first-place Sens

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Daniel Briere scored twice, including the
winner with 47 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Buffalo Sabres
to a 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.

Maxim Afinogenov had a goal and three assists, while Derek Roy
and Rory Fitzpatrick also scored for Buffalo which improved to
47-23-6, marking the team's most victories since winning 48 in
1983-84.

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff (300-266-84) became the 31st NHL coach
to win 300 games, and 16th to do so with the same team.

Daniel Alfredsson, Patrick Eaves, Christoph Schubert and Chris
Kelly scored for the Senators, who squandered 3-1 and 4-3 leads.

Briere's winner came on the power play after Brian Pothier
hooked Afinogenov to prevent a clearcut breakaway. Alone at the
right post, Afinogenov set up the decisive goal when he fed a pass
through the crease to a wide-open Briere, who jammed it in the open
side.

The goal capped a big night for Briere, who tied the game,
scoring with 39 seconds left in regulation.

Brian Campbell set up the tying goal when he avoided two diving
Ottawa defenders and, from the left circle, set up Briere open to
the right of the net.

Kelly had given the Senators the lead only five minutes earlier
off a turnover, beating Sabres goalie Martin Biron with a shot from
the right circle.

Buffalo improved to 2-5 against the Eastern Conference-leading
Senators -- the other Buffalo win coming in a shootout.

The Senators lost for the first time in 54 games when scoring
four or more goals, ending the third-longest streak in NHL history.
The streak dates to a 5-4 overtime loss to Toronto on Feb. 5, 2003.

The Sabres responded after Schubert, with a short-handed goal,
and Eaves, on the power play, scored 50 seconds apart to give
Ottawa a 3-1 lead 5:18 into the second period.

Roy, with a nifty deke that pulled Ottawa's Ray Emery out of
position, scored 21 seconds later. Fitzpatrick then tied the game
midway through the period when his snap shot from the point banked
in off the left post.

Game notes
Senators C Mike Fisher had an assist, returning to the
lineup after missing nine games with a sprained right ankle. Ottawa
demoted LW Denis Hamel to AHL Binghamton. ... The Senators were
without four defensemen, including Wade Redden, who missed his
fourth straight games, excused for personal reasons. ... Sabres G
Martin Biron assisted on Afinogenov's goal. It was Biron's his
first of the season, fifth of his career and second against the
Senators.