A better effort Tuesday night yielded no better results for the Buffalo Sabres, losing their second game at the Ottawa Senators in a week by a 2-0 margin.
Buffalo played about as solid a 20 minutes as possible in the first period without scoring a goal. The Sabres peppered Craig Anderson with 13 shots – several of them quality chances, including Drew Stafford missing an open net on a 3-on-2 rush – and limited the Senators to seven shots while blocking eight. Buffalo also won the faceoff and hit battles yet left for the locker room scoreless.
Ottawa made the Sabres pay for that lack of killer instinct in the second period. Buffalo had three penalties in the period, but it was actually on an Ottawa penalty that the Senators opened the scoring. Erik Karlsson took a Milan Michalek pass on an odd-man rush and wristed it into the corner of the net at the 15-minute mark.
"It's tough to give up a short-handed goal," goalie Ryan Miller said. "I think we had two guys over backcheck and left the high guy … I want to make a save for the boys at some point there (but then) it turns into a game where they can keep everything to the outside."
Ottawa doubled the lead two minutes later thanks to an Erik Kondra goal, as he pounced on a rebound and flicked it over Miller's glove. Buffalo managed 14 shots in the second but reverted to its old ways and allowed 17 shots in the stanza.
The Sabres continue their barrage on Anderson in the third but couldn't solve him. Buffalo got 15 more shots on him in the third, but he saved all 42 shots for the game to earn the shutout. Ottawa managed little offense but didn't need to, instead focusing on controlling rebounds.
Both teams went scoreless on the powerplay: Buffalo 0-for-5 (including a brief two-man advantage in the third period) and Ottawa 0-for-8. Miller made 29 saves in the third straight game in which he's allowed two goals. But Buffalo is only 1-2-0 in those games, having scored four goals in that span.
Buffalo returns to the ice at home Friday night against Boston.Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL