Buffalo Sabres Fall Short in Comeback Against Ottawa Senators February 5th, 2013 at 11:40 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101
Sabres lost 4-3 Tuesday to the Ottawa Senators for their seventh defeat in eight games.
Buffalo was outclassed from the start, with reserve goalie Jhonas Enroth giving up three fairly weak goals in a rare start. Erik Karlsson opened the scoring eight minutes in on the power play. Tyler Ennis tied it seconds later by banging in a Drew Stafford rebound, but Chris Phillips gave the Sens the lead again three minutes later. The immortal Daniel Alfredsson gave Ottawa a 3-1 lead three minutes later to close the scoring for the stanza.
The faceoff circle was again Buffalo's demise Tuesday, as an inability to win pucks hampered Buffalo's comeback attempt. Buffalo was outdrawn 37-15 for the game, and a lost draw deep in the Buffalo led to what proved to be the game-winning goal when Chris Neil was able to retrieve the puck and beat Enroth eight minutes in. Much-maligned defenseman Jordan Leopold made at least one contribution a minute later, though, pinching to take a Jochen Hecht pass and bury it to make the score 4-2 entering the third period.
Buffalo was fortunate to make the score 4-3, as Jason Pominville had a no-goal call reversed to a goal. He kicked a puck past Craig Anderson at the 14-minute mark, but the review judge said he made no distinct kicking motion, so the goal stood. Buffalo limited Ottawa to five third-period shots but couldn't beat Anderson again.
Craig Anderson was good enough to halt Buffalo's comeback effort. He made 20 saves for the win, while Enroth made 20 saves in defeat. Call-up Adam Pardy got his first point of the season, assisting on Pominville's goal. Leopold added an assist.
With the loss, Enroth fell to 0-10-3 in the past 15 months.
"I know I gotta be better," he said on Twitter. "I'm not going to quit tho. I'm gonna work hard and find my way back."
Last-place Buffalo falls to 3-6-1 on the season. Ottawa improves to 6-3-1. The Sabres next host Montreal on Thursday.
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