Morrisonn, Sabres beat Senators 3-2 in OT
OTTAWA – Shaone Morrisonn scored 1:59 into overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.
Ryan Miller stopped 27 shots for Buffalo, which has won four of five. The Sabres, 10th overall in the East with 51 points, are on a 9-3-1 run that has moved them within four points of the conference's eighth and final playoff spot.
Morrisonn beat Brian Elliott for his first goal of the season after Ottawa tied it with 6:04 left in regulation. Paul Byron got his first NHL goal midway through the first and Jochen Hecht scored later in the opening period to give the Sabres a 2-1 lead.
Sergei Gonchar pulled Ottawa even with a power-play goal 13:56 into the third. Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff stood atop the bench and argued to no avail after Gonchar's point shot found the back of the net while Nick Foligno collided with Miller as the Senators' left wing battled for position with defenseman Andrej Sekera.
Byron, an Ottawa native who was recalled from Portland of the AHL on Saturday, tied it at 1 midway through the first for his second point in two games. Hecht put the Sabres ahead 2-1 with his eighth at 15:49.
Chris Kelly scored earlier in the first for Ottawa, which lost its seventh in a row at Scotiabank Place.
The home losing streak is the Senators' longest at the arena, and the team's worst home skid in 15 years to the day. Ottawa lost 10 in a row from Nov. 30, 1995 to Jan. 25, 1996, including its last six games at the Civic Centre and first four games in its new home, originally named the Palladium.
Elliott made 22 saves but has lost 11 in a row (0-7-4).
Kelly gave Ottawa an early 1-0 lead with his 11th goal, a highlight-reel effort 4:28 in.
Foligno stripped the puck off Morrisonn at the Sabres' blue line, setting up a 2-on-1 for Kelly and Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson. Buffalo's Tyler Myers left the goal mouth open as he backed away to cut off a passing lane to Alfredsson and Kelly held the puck as he cut in front of Miller before reaching around to shoot past the sprawled goalie.
Byron drew Buffalo even at 10:05 with a determined effort. The 5-foot-9 forward drove the left side and got behind Ottawa's Zack Smith to redirect Tyler Ennis' centering pass beyond Elliott for his first goal.
The 21-year-old Byron, who played his junior hockey across the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Que., had an assist in his debut against the Islanders in Sunday's win in New York.
Drew Stafford, who returned after missing three games because of a groin injury, also drew an assist on Byron's goal.
NOTES: Byron was chosen 179th overall by Buffalo in the sixth round of the 2007 draft. ... Senators coach Cory Clouston used his timeout 3:48 into the second prior to a faceoff in Ottawa's zone. ... D Filip Kuba did not dress for Ottawa.