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Quick Hits: Senators 2, Sabres 1 (SO)

OTTAWA -- Another chance at a three-game winning streak, another chance denied.

For the sixth straight time this season, the Buffalo Sabres failed to win three in a row as the Ottawa Senators beat Buffalo, 2-1, in a shootout Tuesday night in snowbound Canadian Tire Centre.

Bobby Ryan and Kyle Turris scored for Ottawa while the Sabres were blanked in the shootout as the Sens snapped a three-game skid and pulled five points ahead of Buffalo in the Atlantic Division.

The Sabres' only three-game run this season came Nov. 7-12 against Vancouver, Tampa Bay and Florida. They're 0-3-3 since then when entering a game with two straight wins.

Despite the loss, Buffalo extended its franchise-record point streak in division road games to nine (6-0-3) The Sabres have not lost an Atlantic Division game on the road since Oct. 17 at Tampa Bay.

Shot clock: The Sabres outshot Ottawa, 39-26, through 65 minutes. Jack Eichel was stopped by Craig Anderson on an overtime breakaway. Eichel also missed in the shootout, falling to 0 for 3 on the season.

Drought over: The Sabres opened the scoring at 6:01 on Matt Moulson's fifth goal of the season -- and first since Nov. 1. Moulson backhanded a shot through the legs off Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson after a terrific back pass from Eichel.

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First timer: The Sens tied the game 69 seconds later on winger Ryan Dzingel's first NHL goal. Dzingel, a seventh-round pick in 2011 playing his seventh NHL game, fished a loose puck away from Zach Bogosian and Foligno and flippeed the puck past Lehner from just outside the crease.

Gio-style: Sabres captain Brian Gionta became the 51st American player to appear in 900 career games. He is the first Sabres to reach 900 since Robyn Regher did it against Toronto on April 3, 2013.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful: It was a brutal winter day in the Canadian capital, with nearly 50 centimeters of icy, wind-whipped snow falling. That's roughly 20 inches -- and it was the most in one day here since Nov. 25, 1912. The Sens announced a season-low count of 15,893 tickets sold, and the nasty weather kept the crowd down to about 7,000 in the 18,694-seat arena. The Senators entered the game averaging 17,926 with eight sellouts this season.

Big thank you: The Senators announced during the second period that fans who made it to the game could get 50 percent off a ticket to Thursday's game against Carolina or a March 15 visit by Minnesota. Fans who did not make it will be offered a free ticket to one of those two games, on the theory that folks who made it already saw one game.

Scratches: In addition to the benched Evander Kane, the Sabres scratched defensemen Mike Weber and Carlo Colaiacovo.

Up Next: The Sabres will be off on Wednesday and return to practice on Thursday. They play Friday night at Columbus, then host Pittsburgh in a nationally televised game Sunday afternoon at 12:30 in First Niagara Center.

email: mharrington@buffnews.com

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