April 23rd, 2024

Senators roll to 6-2 win over the Sabres

By The Associated Press on March 27, 2024.

Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7) skates past the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday, March 27, 2024, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Shane Pinto had a goal and three assists, and Ottawa enjoyed a five-goal first-period surge in cruising to a 6-2 victory over Buffalo on Wednesday night.

Artem Zub opened the scoring 2:37 in an outing the Senators led 4-0 by the 8:49 mark of the opening period, and Pinto closed the scoring with an empty-net goal. Brady Tkachuk, Boris Katchouk, Jakob Chychrun and Drake Batherson each had a goal and assist.

Joonas Korpisalo had 34 saves to improve to 5-1 in his past six starts.

JJ Peterka and Connor Clifton scored for Buffalo in a matchup of two Atlantic Division teams all but mathematically out of playoff contention.

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen was yanked after allowing four goals on nine shots. Devon Levi mopped up in allowing one goal on 32 shots.

LIGHTNING 3, BRUINS 1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Brayden Point scored his 42nd goal of the season to break a second-period tie, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves, and surging Tampa Bay beat Atlantic Division-leading Boston.

Tampa Bay also got goals from Mitchell Chaffee and Nikita Kucherov as the Lightning improved to 7-0-1 over their last eight games. The Lightning moved within two points of third-place Toronto in the Atlantic Division.

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman and Point both returned after missing one game with lower-body injuries.

Linus Ullmark stopped 28 shots, and Danton Heinen scored for the Bruins. Boston was coming off a 4-3 win Tuesday night at Florida.

Point put the Lightning up 2-1 on a wraparound 6:50 into the second. The center has 10 goals over his last seven games.

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