Alfredsson and the Senators will look to build on their historic season-opening victory as they host the unbeaten Buffalo Sabres in their home opener at the Corel Centre.
Alfredsson scored twice in the final six minutes of regulation and once in the NHL’s new tiebreaker to lead the Senators to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
“It is exciting. It’s nice to have a winner,” said Alfredsson, a 10-year veteran with Ottawa. “Both teams battled hard for 65 minutes. I think it’s right that the losing team still gets a point.”
The 5-foot-11 right wing, who had a season-high 80 points for the Senators in 2003-04, tied it with 1:02 left in regulation to force overtime. After a scoreless five-minute period, he scored on Ottawa’s first attempt in the new shootout format.
Dany Heatley, acquired in a trade with Atlanta, scored on Ottawa’s third chance in the shootout, clinching the victory for the Senators.
“I like the shootout. I think it’s fun for everybody,” said Heatley, who also had an assist. “We battled hard the last 10 minutes and Alfie came up big.”
Buffalo improved to 2-0 with a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday behind another solid effort from goalie Ryan Miller. Miller made 35 saves to win consecutive games for the first time since January 2003.
“It’s a lot of fun right now,” said the 25-year-old Miller. “It feels good and it’s quite a rush. It’s definitely something I want to keep going, but I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself.”
“Right now they are still battling and it’s a good war,” said J.P. Dumont. “Ryan played unbelievable in training camp, and he’s playing the same way now.”
Dumont and Maxim Afinogenov scored for Buffalo, which plays four of its next five games on the road.