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SENATORS STOP SABRES, 2-1

The Buffalo Sabres continued to have trouble with their power play and continued having trouble getting the puck past Patrick Lalime.

Lalime stopped 29 shots and Buffalo went 0 for 7 on the power play as the Senators beat the Sabres, 2-1, Friday night at the Corel Centre. The Sabres are 1-4 in the preseason.

"The opportunities have definitely been there," said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. "We moved the puck extremely well, we skated extremely well."

The power-play problems continued for the Sabres, who went 0 for 6 in Thursday's 3-1 loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Among Buffalo's missed power plays Friday night was a failed five-on-three advantage.

"It's something we're definitely going to have to put a lot of work into (in practice)," Ruff said.

Lalime has stopped 59 shots in Ottawa's pair of one-goal wins over the Sabres. Lalime made 30 saves in the Senators' 1-0 win in Buffalo's preseason opener Sept. 21 at HSBC Arena.

Lalime robbed Tim Connolly with a diving stop on a two-man advantage and stopped a breakaway by Maxim Afinogenov with five minutes remaining in the first.

Julien Vauclair's power-play goal midway through the second period gave Ottawa the victory. He scored on a shot from the left face-off circle 9:38 into the second period to snap a 1-1 tie.

Ottawa's Mike Fisher opened the scoring 2:11 into the first period. J.P. Dumont tied it minutes later when he scored off a scramble in front of the goal at 5:25.

The Sabres conclude the preseason tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs at a sold-out Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ont. (7:30, Empire, Radio 107.7). Buffalo opens the regular season Thursday against the Atlanta Thrashers in HSBC Arena.

Osgood goes to Islanders

NEW YORK -- Goalie Chris Osgood was picked by the New York Islanders from the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, one of nine players selected in the NHL's waiver draft.

Osgood, who helped the Red Wings to consecutive Stanley Cups in 1996-97 and 1997-98, was the first player chosen in the draft. Detroit left him unprotected after trading with the Sabres for star goalie Dominik Hasek.

"I'm really excited to come to New York," Osgood said. "The Islanders are . . . an up-and-coming team with a lot of good players."

The draft also included what amounted to a swap of defensemen with Calgary taking Jamie Allison from Chicago and the Blackhawks claiming Phil Housley, an ex-Sabre, from the Flames.

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