Senators 4, Sabres 2
OTTAWA (AP)—Peter Schaefer and Bryan Smolinski each had a goal and an assist and the Ottawa Senators beat Buffalo 4-2 on Saturday night to tie Carolina for the Eastern Conference lead and end the Sabres’ winning streak at eight games.
Ottawa held off the Sabres’ challenge for first place in the Northeast Division and moved into a tie for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with Carolina, a 4-2 loser on Saturday in Boston.
The Senators outshot Buffalo 49-22, the most shots Ottawa has had in a game this season and also the most the Sabres have allowed.
The Sabres’ winning streak was their longest since they won 10 straight in January 1984. Buffalo was attempting to take a division lead this late in the season for the first time since 1996-97. … Schaefer played in his 400th NHL game. … Senators center Jason Spezza had his 100th career assist. … The game was Ottawa’s 28th sellout of the season in 32 contests at home.