The Ottawa Senators had seen their last 10 games all decided by one-goal margins heading in to Saturday’s meeting with the Buffalo Sabres. It was another close game, but the Senators finally found the way to win a game that went beyond regulation, ending a streak of four straight extra-time losses. Ben Bishop made 33 saves for the win, as he and Robin Lehner have combined to help the Senators net six points in four games.
Saturday’s game was the third straight Senators game to go beyond regulation, but this time things went Ottawa’s way. Two solid efforts by Lehner (Monday against the Boston Bruins and Wednesday against the Montreal Canadiens) were rewarded with only two points, as the Senators were unable to prevail in overtime or the shootout in either contest. The Senators now have points in 11 of their last 13 games, helping them reach fifth place in the Eastern Conference and stay on the heels of the Canadiens and Bruins. With some of their top talent sidelined, their current run continues to amaze.
Patrick Wiercioch and Chris Phillips each scored their fourth goals of the season, but the day belonged to Kyle Turris. After a quiet stretch for most of February, Turris seems to have finally gotten back on track offensively, and scored two goals against the Sabres. His power play tally in overtime sealed the win, and showed the Senators they have scoring options left despite Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson being sidelined.
Close games seem to be a regular thing for the Senators this season, and Saturday is hopefully the first of many games that will see them come out on the winning side of things if they hope to hang on to their playoff spot.