Hasek, Sabres Shut Down Senators
By Bill Porter
BUFFALO, N.Y. Brian Holzinger scored twice and Dominik Hasek made 15 of his 31 stops in the third period as the Buffalo Sabres beat the Ottawa Senators 3-0 Sunday to take control of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
The seventh-seeded Sabres, leading 3-0 in the best-of-7 series, go for a sweep of No. 2 Ottawa when the teams return to Buffalo's Marine Midland Arena for Game 4 on Tuesday night.
Hasek, who faced a total of 88 shots in the first two games of the series, tied a team record for playoff shutouts with his fourth.
Dixon Ward scored the first goal for Buffalo, which last year upset Philadelphia in five games and swept Montreal before losing to Washington in the conference finals.
Ottawa will try to become the first team to win a Stanley Cup series after losing the first three games since the New York Islanders fought back against Pittsburgh in 1975. Only one other team has done it the 1942 Maple Leafs over Detroit.
The Sabres and Senators had played 53 minutes of overtime this season, including a half hour of OT in Game 2 of the playoffs. This time the Sabres opened things up and outshot the Senators through two periods 20-16 while building a 3-0 lead.
High-scoring Senators center Alexei Yashin, playing with a Sabre constantly glued to him and harassed by a crowd that chanted ``Yashin, Yashin, Yashin,'' was held to no points for the third straight game. He also was penalized twice.
Ward gathered in Michael Peca's pass from behind the net and flipped it through a screen past Damian Rhodes at 4:06 of the opening period.
The Senators' best scoring chance of the game came four minutes later when Andreas Johansson carried the puck into the Buffalo zone and fired a slap shot from the right circle that struck the post.
Holzinger, who hadn't scored a goal in 18 games, put Buffalo up 2-0 at 7:47 of the second period. James Patrick fed Holzinger, who spun away from defenseman Sami Salo at the bottom of the right circle and tucked the puck between Rhodes' pads.
With Jason York in the box, Holzinger added a power-play goal on a tip-in at 12:33 of the second for a 3-0 lead. Holzinger won a faceoff to Rhodes' right and fed Alexei Zhitnik, who slid the puck across to Jason Woolley for the shot from the top of the right circle.
Buffalo's top scorer, Miroslav Satan, sustained a bruised foot when he was struck by a shot in the second period. He was taken to the hospital for X-rays. Satan scored the tying and winning goals in Game 2.
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