Series (Game 1 of 1)

Buffalo leads 1-0

Game 1: Friday, September 22nd

Sabres 4

(2-1-0, 4 pts)

Senators 3

(1-2-0, 2 pts)

7:30 PM ET, September 22, 2006

Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 T
BUF 1 2 14
OTT 0 3 03

E. Lacroix (LW):

T. Vanek (LW):

D. Roy (C):

Buffalo 4, Ottawa 3

OTTAWA (AP) -- Thomas Vanek scored three goals to offset Denis Hamel's natural hat trick for Ottawa as the Buffalo Sabres beat the Senators 4-3 on Friday night in an exhibition game.

Hamel, a 29-year-old left wing battling for a roster spot with the Senators after leading the AHL in goals last season with 56, scored three straight times in a 3:22 span of the second period. He began the run with an even-strength goal, added a power-play score and finished the hat trick with a short-handed goal.

Chris Drury pulled Buffalo (2-1-0) even with a power-play goal in the third, and Vanek completed the scoring on a power play with 9:19 left.

Ottawa dropped to 1-2-0 in exhibition play.

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