OTTAWA -- The Buffalo Sabres came within 31 seconds of extending their road domination and their magic against the Ottawa Senators. They simply couldn't hold on.
Derick Brassard scored the tying goal with 30.9 seconds left and goaltender Craig Anderson on the bench, and Mike Hoffman scored at 1:13 of overtime as the Sens overcame the Sabres, 3-2, Thursday night in Canadian Tire Centre.
Hoffman took Erik Karlsson's pass and one-timed a slapshot past Robin Lehner, who was heroic in goal with 33 saves.
The Sabres were denied a bid to win five straight road games for the first time since they set an NHL record by opening the 2006-07 season with 10 straight road wins.
The Sabres are 7-0-3 in their last 10 games against Ottawa. Lehner is 5-0-3 against his old team.
Late heroics: Evan Rodrigues put Buffalo ahead, 2-1, with 4:29 left on his fourth goal of the season, a wicked wrist shot that careened off the goalpost and past Anderson. The play started with strong work at the Buffalo blueline by Kyle Okposo, who kept his balance, carried the puck through the neutral zone and fed Rodrigues in the right circle. But the Senators tied it as Marian Gaborik fed Brassard to Lehner's right.
Jumping in front: The Sabres scored first for the fifth time in the last six games when Scott Wilson beat Craig Anderson with a quick wrist shot at 6:31 of the first period after taking a neat back pass from Johan Larsson. It was Wilson's fifth goal of the season and his third in four games. Wilson also has a point in five straight road games.
Sens pull even: Lehner's bid for a third straight road shutout was foiled with 14:45 left in the third period as veteran winger Gaborik tipped home an Erik Karlsson slapshot to score in his first game with the Senators and forge a 1-1 tie. Gaborik and Los Angeles defensemen Dion Phaneuf, the principals in Tuesday's Sens-Kings trade, both scored in the first game with their new teams Thursday.
Quieter offensive night: The Sabres' streak of scoring at least four goals ended at four games, a first for them since December, 2015. They were denied their first five-game streak of 4-plus games since 2007.
Special teams struggles: The Sabres' red-hot power play went 0 for 2 in the game, with Kyle Okposo and Ryan O'Reilly both hitting the goalpost during a man-advantage situation during the second half of the third period. Ottawa was 0 for 4.
By division: The Sabres are 5-6-3 against the Atlantic Division. They are 6-4-2 against the Pacific but are a disastrous 6-20-6 against the Metropolitan (5-12-4) and Central (1-8-2).
In the lineup: The Sabres maintained the same forward lines they've had the last three games but Josh Gorges came in on defense with Justin Falk a healthy scratch. Jordan Nolan was also scratched.
Somber moment: There was a pregame moment of silence for the victims of Wednesday's school shooting in Parkland, Fla. The eagle logo of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was projected on the jumbotron during the salute.
Small house: A crowd of about 10,000 was on hand and there were just 13,371 tickets sold. The Senators entered the game averaging 15,382 tickets sold and were just 26th in the league in capacity, playing to just 87.4 percent. After the decision was made to tarp over 1,500 seats in the 300 level last fall, capacity has been dropped to 17,373.
Up next: The Sabres headed home immediately after the game and are scheduled to practice Friday morning in KeyBank Center. They host the Los Angeles Kings Saturday at 1 in the first of three straight home matinees. Buffalo also meets Washington Monday at 3 and Boston on Feb. 25 at 5.