Post-Game Report: 3/16 vs. OTT

Top Notes

  • With the overtime loss, the Sabres have now had a point in seven of their last nine games (5-2-2).
  • Drew Stafford has his first two-goal game since March 27, 2012 at WSH. It is his 17th career multi-goal game.
  • Buffalo finished the first period with a two-goal lead for the first time since March 27, 2012 (5-1 win at WSH).
  • With his assist on Mike Weber’s goal, Steve Ott has recorded seven assists in the last eight games.
  • With the win, Ottawa has clinched the season series against Buffalo for the first time since 2009-10.

Top Quotes

Senators goaltender Ben Bishop:

On turning the game around after a 2-0 deficit in the first period: “We were fortunate to still have 40 minutes left and that’s what we said – we have 40 minutes left for us to go out and kind of redeem ourselves – so we did. We had a great second period, had a real strong third period, too, then capitalized on the power play there.”

On Drew Stafford’s second goal: “[Stafford] just throws it on net and Smitty (Zack Smith) gets a stick on it on accident. It’s going to happen sometimes, you know, and it’s just one of those things where he doesn’t mean to do it, but it happens. But we responded well and no big deal.”

On the Senators’ 11 straight one-goal games: “I think that’s just the way the league is right now with everybody in a shotgun finish type thing right now. Everybody is going to the horn and everybody is going hard so there are going to be a lot of one goal games, I think, for the rest of the year.”

 

Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar:

On the Senators’ rebound: “We didn’t start the game as well as we needed to and obviously it’s why they were up, but then we talked about it after the first period and realized what we need to do and turned it around.”

On the Senators’ poor performance in afternoon games this season: “You are off your routine, maybe, so that’s the one thing, but it is not an excuse to start this way so you have to make sure that the next one we prepare for when the game starts.”

On the Senators’ third straight overtime game: “Obviously, you want to finish them, but at the same time, the way the schedule is, you can’t have an excuse like this, and I am sure that a lot of teams are playing the same way, so we are just trying not focus on it, just focus on the things we need to do and looking forward.”

Senators forward Kyle Turris:

On the comeback: “It wasn’t a very good first period for us, but we talked about it after the first, and came out with a much better second. It was an okay third but we got the power play in overtime and capitalized on it.”

On what was said in the locker room during the first intermission: “We gotta start playing the game. We didn’t play our game in the first and we were giving them opportunities. Just get back to basics, play our game and there is lots of game left at that point, so we knew we could come back.”

On what the response in the second period means to the Senators: “It was big, our guys in our room here, we know what we are capable of. We’ve got a great group, great chemistry and we got a spark like Neiler (Chris Neil) fighting [Sabres defenseman Robyn] Regher, little things like that get us going and once we get going we are having lots of fun and playing our game.

On his game-winning overtime goal: “It is a great pass by Alf (Daniel Alfredsson). We were working the 4-on-3 pretty well there. [Alfredsson] and Gonch (Sergei Gonchar) both had a couple good shots and I think Guy (Guillaume Latendresse) hit the post and we were just buzzing around their net and I was just lucky to put one in.

Sabres forward Jason Pominville:

On another close, hard fought loss: “It’s disappointing; we got the start that we wanted – I think there’s an area that we have to improve – we got the start, the second lately we have been doing a better job, today our second period didn’t cut it. They generated some offense and we didn’t.”

“We had some good looks early on, where I thought we put them away. I had some good chances, Thomas [Vanek] had one on the power play where we could have made a difference; we just couldn’t find the net tonight.”

On improving in the second period:  “We have made some big strides. Obviously, we weren’t good enough tonight; our second [period] just wasn’t where we need it to be, especially with a two-goal lead, but I think we stuck with it, battled back. We were able to get one point; it’s unfortunate to not be able to get that second point, obviously.”

On generating one point after being down in the third period: “Any time you can get points in the situation that we’re in is important, but at the same time if we want to make ground we are going to have to get two. We can’t just get one point; we have to be able to get two points, we had a two-goal lead and it just wasn’t good enough.”

Sabres defenseman Mike Weber:

On the power play unit’s struggles: “We had a couple good scoring chances, but it’s just little details; we’re just fighting with it. Hopefully, we figure it out here soon. Once this group gets it going on the power play, it’s going to be a special group. We have a lot of talented players on there.”

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