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Senators rally for 3-2 OT win over Sabres

Derick Brassard ties it late, while Mike Hoffman gets the game-winner

February 15, 2018 - 7:55 pm

Derick Brassard tied the game with 31-seconds remaining in regulation and Mike Hoffman found the net 1:12 into overtime, lifting the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 comeback win over the Buffalo Sabres at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday. Senators center Matt Duchene assisted on all three of Ottawa's goals.

Scott Wilson's third goal in four games staked the Sabres to a 1-0 lead - a lead that held for nearly two full periods until Marian Gaborik found the net for Ottawa. Gaborik, playing in his first game since being acquired by Ottawa on Tuesday, got his stick on an Erik Karlsson shot tying the score 1-1 in the third period.

About 10 minutes after Gaborik's tying goal, Evan Rodrigues netted the go-ahead goal, rattling a shot off the post and into the net for the 2-1 Sabres lead. Kyle Okposo picked up the assist after forcing a turnover in the Senators zone. Okposo carried the puck up ice and found Rodrigues, whose quick shot beat Craig Anderson. The goal marked Rodrigues' fifth point in five games (2 goals, 3 assists).

With time winding down in regulation, Brassard walked in and snapped a shot over Lehner, tying the score once again. Gaborik shifted the puck over to Brassard, marking the newcomer's second point of the evening. The late goal forced overtime, where Hoffman ended it on a one-time pass from Karlsson. Lehner, who was strong for most of the evening, finished with 33 saves, compared to 23 for Anderson. The loss stops Buffalo's road winning streak at four games.

Here's a look at some of the stats of the game:

Game Summary

Goal Summary:

First Period:
BUF: 6:31 - Scott Wilson (5) (Johan Larsson, Nathan Beaulieu)

Second Period:

Third Period:
BUF: 15:31 - Evan Rodrigues (4) (Kyle Okposo)
OTT: 5:15 - Marian Gaborik (8) (Erik Karlsson, Matt Duchene). 19:29 - Derick Brassard (16) (Marian Gaborik, Matt Duchene)

OTT: 1:13 - Mike Hoffman (16) (Erik Karlsson, Matt Duchene)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:
BUF: 7:46 - Sam Reinhart (2 min., hooking). 13:42 - Zemgus Girgensons (2 min., roughing). 14:31 - Sam Reinhart (2 min., hooking)
OTT: 13:42 - Mark Borowiecki (2 min., roughing)

Second Period:
BUF: 14:50 - Evan Rodrigues (2 min., slashing). 18:31 - Benoit Pouliot (holding the stick)
OTT: 6:40 - Cody Ceci (2 min., holding)

Third Period:
OTT: 11:18 - Colin White (2 min., slashing)


Shots on Goal:

BUF - 25 (8, 4, 13, 0); OTT - 33 (13, 9, 13, 1)


BUF: Robin Lehner - 33 saves
OTT: Craig Anderson - 23 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 0 of 2 (0%)
OTT: 0 of 4 (0%)

Three Stars:

  1. Mike Hoffman - OTT
  2. Marian Gaborik - OTT
  3. Matt Duchene - OTT

What's Next:

The Sabres next host the Los Angeles Kings at KeyBank Center on Saturday, February 17 at 1 p.m. Pre-game coverage with Brian Koziol begins at 12 p.m., followed by faceoff on WGR SportsRadio 550.

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