The Sabres got off to a good start to their season, defeating the Ottawa Senators by a score of 2-1 on Friday night.
Derek Roy scored Buffalo’s only two goals in the Sabres’ first game of the season. Tyler Ennis assisted on both of Roy’s goals. Defenseman Shaone Morrisonn assisted on Roy’s first goal.
The Sabres played a fairly complete game, outshooting the Senators 36-26. They outshot the Senators in the second period 16-3, yet the Senators scored the only goal of the period.
Buffalo opened the scoring when the play came out of the Buffalo zone in the first period. Tyler Ennis floated a pass ahead to Derek Roy, who deked around Ottawa defenseman Chris Phillips before bringing the puck to his backhand and beating goalie Pascal LeClaire, who was still trying to cross the crease to stop the puck.
Ottawa tied the scored in the second period after Jordan Leopold mishandled the puck heading towards the blue line. Jarkko Ruutu took the puck away and made a cross-crease pass that skipped over Steve Montador’s stick to Ottawa forward Chris Kelly, who potted the puck into the net behind a helpless Ryan Miller.
In the 3rd period, Buffalo went on a powerplay, and Derek Roy responded by scoring the second of his two goals of the night. An Ottawa defenseman tried swiping the puck out of the Senators zone, but Tyler Ennis saved the puck from escaping, found Roy streaking up the middle and fed him a pass. Roy didn’t get the shot away until he got behind the net, where he banked a shot off of LeClaire’s back as he watched the puck trickle in shortly after.
All in all, Buffalo put in a great effort to win this game. They beat the team that has seemingly had their number for the past five years to start their season. It was a game of toughness between the two teams, and for once, the Sabres won the battle. Hopefully, the Sabres will be winning more and more physical battles like this throughout the season.