Sabres finish off Senators with OT win

Sunday, May 14, 2006

The Buffalo Sabres finished off the top-seeded Ottawa Senators with yet another overtime goal.

Jason Pominville scored a short-handed goal 2:26 into the extra period for visiting Buffalo in a 3-2 victory Saturday night.

Ryan Miller made 34 saves to help the Sabres advance to the Eastern Conference final, where they will meet the winner of the Carolina-New Jersey series.

With Jay McKee in the penalty box for tripping Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson 1:44 into the extra period, Pominville burst down the left side and cut in front of goalie Ray Emery to tuck the puck past the Ottawa rookie.

Buffalo won three overtime games in the series. All five games were decided by one goal in the series that featured a tie score or a one-goal lead for all but 1:40 of total play.

Sabres defenseman Henrik Tallinder scored his first career playoff goal 33 seconds in and co-captain Chris Drury added a power-play goal 7:56 into the second to put Buffalo up 2-1.

Senators defenseman Brian Pothier scored for the second game in a row on a power play at 13:59 of second to tie it at 2-2. Alfredsson got his second goal of the playoffs on a 5-on-3 midway through the first.

Devils stay alive

Plagued by bad bounces throughout the first three games against Carolina, the Devils busted out with three first-period goals -- all by their special teams -- en route to a 5-1 win to send the series back to Raleigh for Game 5 on Sunday night.

Scott Gomez scored twice, and Sergei Brylin's goal 44 seconds into the middle frame made it 4-0 and chased rookie goalie Cam Ward. John Madden and Jay Pandolfo also scored for New Jersey.

Martin Brodeur, who had his worst postseason loss in Game 1, made 19 saves. His only blemish was Mark Recchi's goal with 8:56 left in the second.

Brodeur moved into sole possession of third place on the NHL career playoff wins list with 89.

-- The Associated Press

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