|Date of game: 12/15/2014
Recap: Buffalo vs. Ottawa
Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Moulson scored the lone goal of the shootout to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-4 win over the Ottawa Senators on Monday.
Moulson, the Sabres' first shooter, patiently skated up the slot and wristed a shot over Robin Lehner's shoulder. Buffalo netminder Jhonas Enroth was a wall, stopping Ottawa's first two shooters and the skills competition ended as Bobby Ryan rang a shot off the goalpost.
Marcus Foligno and Brian Flynn each had a goal and an assist, while Rasmus Ristolainen and Moulson also lit the lamp for the Sabres, who won their fourth straight game.
"This group of guys is starting to believe in themselves," Sabres head coach Ted Nolan said. "We were down and found a way to fight back."
Enroth made 29 saves in the win.
Curtis Lazar scored his first NHL goal, Alex Chiasson tallied a goal and a helper and Mark Stone and Ryan each had goal for the Senators, who were coming off a 3-2 shootout win over Boston on Saturday.
Lehner stopped 29 pucks in defeat.
Trailing 3-1, Stone took a pass from Kyle Turris and snapped a shot into the net with 6:18 to play in the middle stanza and the Senators tied the game 2:02 into the third on Lazar's wrister.
"It's about time," Lazar said of his milestone marker. "I'm very happy and relieved to get that one out of the way."
Chiasson deked around a diving defenseman and backhanded a shot past Enroth for a 4-3 lead 5:04 into the third, but Flynn's wrister evened the score with 3:29 remaining to send the game into overtime.
Ottawa outshot Buffalo by a 4-1 margin in the extra session, but neither team was able to find the back of the net and the game went into a shootout.
Mike Hoffman pushed a bouncing puck through the crease to Ryan, who tapped it in from the right side of the net for the game's first goal 7:24 into the contest.
Just over two minutes later, Chris Stewart whacked a puck out of the air and over the shoulder of Lehner. The goal, however, was overturned as video review determined that it was batted in with a high stick.
Stewart took a pass below the goal line and found Ristolainen, who skated up to the right circle from the blue line and wristed a shot past Lehner for a tie game on the power play 4:11 into the second.
The Sabres surged ahead with two goals separated by just 32 seconds. Moulson took a loose puck at the right post and deposited in to the net for a 2-1 lead seven minutes into the second period and Flynn skated up the right side and sent a pass across the slot to Foligno, who one-timed it in from the left side of the net at 7:32.Game Notes
The Sabres have won six straight games at home for the first time since Jan.
1-Feb. 15, 2007 ... Moulson has four points (three goals, one assist) in his
past four games ... Ottawa forward Milan Michalek returned to the lineup after
missing three games with an upper-body injury ... The Sabres recalled
forward Mikhail Grigorenko from Rochester (AHL) following the game ... The
two teams will meet again on Dec. 29 in Ottawa.