The first short-handed goal of Erik Karlsson’s career gave Craig
Anderson all the support he needed against Ryan Miller and the
Karlsson and Erik Condra scored goals less than two minutes
apart in the second period and Anderson made 42 saves as the Ottawa
Senators defeated Buffalo 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Anderson, who picked up his second shutout of the season, was
especially sharp in the third period with the Sabres pressing for
the tie as the Senators snapped a mini two-game slide.
Scoreless after the first period, the Senators had a number of
great chances in the second but couldn’t beat Miller until Karlsson
moved in shorthanded and blasted a shot just over the Buffalo
goalie’s left pad at 15:20.
Karlsson, last season’s Norris Trophy winner as the league’s top
defenseman, says he always looks to go on the attack while killing
”I think when you’re one man short you can even create some
momentum there,” said Karlsson following his sixth goal of the
season. ”It’s going to be good for the team if you see an
opportunity once in a while.”
Miller made 29 saves in taking the loss for Buffalo.
”It’s tough to give up a short-handed goal,” Miller said. ”I
think we had two guys over backcheck and left the high guy … I
want to make a save for the boys at some point there (but then) it
turns into a game where they can keep everything to the
Condra then doubled the Ottawa 1:54 later, banging home a loose
puck off a scramble in front Miller’s goal.
”You need one of those dirty ones to start the roll and
hopefully I did that,” Condra said. ”Without (injured centre
Jason Spezza) everybody’s got to chip in and we’ve got to do it the
dirty way for other things to open up.”
Daniel Alfredsson had a chance to open the scoring for the
Senators on the power play prior to the two-goal barrage, but the
Ottawa captain’s one-timer missed the net with Miller at his
Buffalo had a chance to get back in the game midway through the
third when Ottawa’s Jim O’Brien went off for holding and Kyle
Turris was whistled for high sticking to set up a two-man advantage
for 14 seconds. But Anderson and the Senators penalty killers did
the job against a Sabres power play that finished the night
Ottawa’s Jakob Silfverberg had a chance to stretch the Senators’
lead to three on a power play later in the period, but Miller
sprawled to make a diving save at the side of the Buffalo net.
The Sabres held a 13-7 shot advantage in the first period but
couldn’t solve Anderson.
Ottawa finished 0 for 8 on the power play.
Notes: Ottawa visits Pittsburgh on Wednesday, while Buffalo is
home to Boston on Friday. … Attendance at Scotiabank Place was