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Jhonas Enroth made his second start of the season and continued his shaky play as Sabres fell one goal short from coming back from being down three and lost to the Senators 4-3.

Erik Karlsson started things off for the Ottawa Senators by scoring a power play goal 8:15 into the game. Sabres weren’t down for long. Twenty one seconds later, Drew Stafford took a shot and Tyler Ennis made no mistake jamming the rebound home to tie up the game.

The Senators regained their lead as Chris Phillips fired a shot from the point and the puck snuck through the backside of Enroth’s pad and dribbled across the goal line. Daniel Alfredsson concluded the first period by scoring from the slot at 14:15, while Jordan Leopold aimlessly looked around and did nothing.

Ottawa increased their lead to 4-1 at 8:12 in the second after Chris Neil found his way onto the ice untouched, slipped past defenseman Adam Pardy and knocked the puck in.

Buffalo quickly responded 57 seconds later as Leopold tipped the puck in off a pass from Jochen Hecht. Jason Pominville was credited with a goal with 6:05 left in the third after it was reviewed that his skate did not kick the puck into the net.

This rebound proved to not be enough for the Sabres, as the Senators held them off for the remaining six minutes of play.

Enroth allowed three goals in six minutes during the first period and finished the night stopping 20 out of 24 shots with a .833 saving percentage. He has not won a game in over 15 months.

“I still think I can play in this league,” Enroth said. “I still think I can play very well. I know I had a couple games at the end of last year that I played very well, so I’m still trusting myself.

The Sabres had four power play chances. One of which was based off a new rule that has been added by the NHL this year. Zack Smith was given two minutes in the first period for closing his hand on the puck. Buffalo was 0 of 4 on the power play tonight.

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OTTAWA, CANADA – FEBRUARY 5: The puck hits the net behind Jhonas Enroth #1 of the Buffalo Sabres for a first period goal by the Ottawa Senators on February 5, 2013 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
(Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

This now marks three straight losses after a big 7-4 win at the TD Garden. The Sabres are now 3-6-1.

The Buffalo Sabres head back to First Niagara Center to face off against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

Three star selections:

1. Daniel Alfredsson

2. Erik Karlsson

3. Kyle Turris

 

NOTES:

• With Christian Ehrhoff out, Leopold led with 23:21 TOI.

• Senators edged Buffalo in:

Shots on goal 24-23

Face-offs 52-15

• Senators goalie Chris Anderson allowed his first goal beyond the first period this season in tonight’s game. (Congratulations Sabres.)

• Mike Weber finished +2

• “Hottest player in the NHL” Thomas Vanek had just one shot on goal.  This was the first time he did not record a point in his last ten games.

 

OLGA’S THOUGHTS:

Myers

With all the criticism that Tyler Myers has been getting about his poor play, it seemed like he was far more comfortable playing with Pardy. Is this a reason to keep Pardy in the lineup AND separate Myers-Leopold? For now – yes!

TJ Brennan

Meet me at target practice tomorrow at noon on court 4.

Olga Khmylev

Olga Khmylev

Buffalo Sabres Contributor
"Hockey is a man's sport." Thank you Mom & Dad! ☺ Ever since my dream of becoming the 1st female NHLer was crushed, I decided to pursue a career that would keep me involved with the most entertaining sport in the world. The Sabres are in my blood. My first game I ever attended was at age 2 and I think I spent 59 minutes of the game sleeping in the wives room... ha! Things have slightly changed since then and now my eyes are permanently glued to the ice whenever a game is on. I've been lucky enough to work as a PR intern for the Buffalo Sabres during the 2011 World Jrs and as a Results Manager for the International Ice Hockey Federation at the 2012 & 2013 World Jrs. The next chapter of my life involves entertaining you… Enjoy! 🙂 Twitter: @OlgaKhmylev
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