Senators 0, Sabres 0
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Ron Tugnutt made 30 saves, and Martin Biron stopped 23 shots, as the Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres played to a 0-0 tie Wednesday night.
The scoreless tie was the third in Senators history and the first since January 20, 1998. Buffalo, which has played in eight 0-0 games, extended its winless streak to five games (0-3-2). This was the first since October 27, 1998.
The Sabres and Senators have played to ties five times in their last six regular-season meetings.
Tugnutt earned his 14th career shutout and third of the season. He also blanked Buffalo 4-0 October 23. It was Biron’s second shutout in seven starts.
In overtime, Buffalo outshot Ottawa 4-1, with Miroslav Satan bouncing a shot off the post with about 15 seconds to go.
The Sabres outshot Ottawa 10-5 in the third period, with their best chance coming with about 2 1/2 minutes to go. From beside the net, Satan bounced the puck off the goal post and Tugnutt was on his back trying to cover the puck. Michal Grosek slapped at the rebound only to have a sprawled Tugnutt make the stop.
Prior to that, the Sabres’ best chance came in the second period, when Tugnutt stopped Satan after a two-on-one break. Satan came in with Curtis Brown and took a late lead pass. Tugnutt stopped the Satan shot with his right skate.
The first period featured six shots for each club and no penalties. Ottawa’s Magnus Arvedson banged a shot off the goal post in the final two minutes, and Buffalo ended the frame with a flurry of activity around Tugnutt.
Buffalo’s Curtis Brown had a goal disallowed 2:20 into the second period. Officials nullified his goal, ruling he batted the puck into the net with a high stick.