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Senators go for 3-1 lead on 10th anniversary of East final clincher vs. Sabres

The Ottawa Senators look to take a stunning 3-1 lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Four of the Eastern Conference final Friday night, and the showdown in Canadian Tire Centre comes on the 10th anniversary of one of the biggest victories in franchise history -- and one of the biggest disappointments for the Buffalo Sabres.

It was 10 years ago -- May 19, 2007 -- that the Senators got an overtime goal from captain Daniel Alfredsson to beat the Sabres, 3-2, at then-HSBC Arena and eliminate the Sabres in Game Five of the Eastern Conference final.

The Sabres, of course, had won the Presidents' Trophy that season but couldn't get past their archrivals after beating the New York Islanders and New York Rangers in the first two rounds.

Game Five against the Senators was played on a Saturday afternoon and marked the last time Daniel Briere and Chris Drury were on the ice for the Sabres. Less than two months later, both were gone in free agency as Briere left for Philadelphia and Drury signed with the Rangers.

The game was televised by NBC but was notable for being kicked to Versus, the forerunner of the current NBCSN, after regulation because the main network wanted to get to pre-race coverage of the Preakness Stakes. Not much respect for hockey, that's for sure.

As for the climactic moment, watch the replay as Alfredsson scores on a 1-on-3 by shooting past Brian Campbell and beating Ryan Miller with a low drive.

As for tonight's game, the biggest news out of Ottawa is that the Penguins are going back to Matt Murray in goal after Marc-Andre Fleury was shelled for four goals in Wednesday's 5-1 loss in Game Three. Murray, of course, backstopped Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup last season but has not played in the postseason after being injured in the warmup prior to Game One of the first round against Columbus.

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