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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres scored twice in a span of 13 seconds in the third period to come away with a 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Friday night at the First Niagara center.

Brian Flynn put the Sabres up 3-2 with 5:23 remaining, and Jochen Hecht gave the Sabres some insurance with 5:11 remaining on his third goal of the season.

Steve Ott and Luke Adam also scored for the Sabres, who improved to 15-17-6. Ryan Miller had 35 saves.

Marc Methot and Eric Gryba scored for the Senators, who lost their third game in a row and fell to 19-12-6. Robin Lehner had 26 saves.

Hecht was the spark behind both of Buffalo's late goals. Flynn's goal came after Hecht put the puck in the crease and it deflected to Flynn. Flynn then fired a backhand shot into the open net.

Hecht single-handedly scored Buffalo's fourth goal on a tremendous rush up ice before spinning and putting a backhand attempt past Lehner.

Adam got the Sabres on the board first at 6:21 on a blast from inside the right circle. Defenseman Adam Pardy found Adam wide open and the forward ripped a slap shot past Lehner. It was Adam's first goal for the Sabres since Dec. 17, 2011.

Methot tied the game at 1-1 at 12:29 on a wrist shot through traffic from the right point. It was Methot's second goal of the season.

The teams traded goals early in the third period. Ottawa grabbed a 2-1 lead on Gryba's wrist shot 1:41 into the third. But the Sabres answered with Ott's seventh goal of the season at 3:15, tipping in Nathan Gerbe's shot to even the score at 2-2.

NOTES: Sabres leading scorer Thomas Vanek missed his fifth game in a row with an upper-body injury. On Thursday, Vanek expressed some uncertainty over his future in Buffalo with the Sabres beginning the rebuilding process. Vanek has 33 points (16 goals, 17 assists) in 29 games. ... Ville Leino (upper body) was also scratched for Buffalo. ... Jim O'Brien, Andre Benoit and Mike Hoffman were scratched for Ottawa. ... This was the second game in a season-high seven-game road trip for the Senators. Ottawa's next game is at Florida on Sunday. ... This was the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Senators this season. ... This was the 116th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; heading into Friday's game, Buffalo led the series with a 56-42-17 record.
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