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OTTAWA Authentic Teuvo Teravainen Jersey , Ontario (AP) Robin Lehner always enjoys playing against his former team. Picking up a 4-3 shootout win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday made it that much more enjoyable.Lehner stopped two of three shooters in the shootout to improve to 6-0-3 against the Senators since being traded to the Sabres in 2015.”We needed this win and it was a pretty fun game,” said Lehner, who made 37 saves.This was just the second game of the season to go to a shootout for the Sabres, with their last one on opening night.Jacob Josefson scored the shootout winner for Buffalo, which was coming off a disappointing 5-1 loss to Calgary. The Flames and Ottawa will play Friday.”I think our focus and the response we made tonight was a great response,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said. ”After having – I wouldn’t say a poor effort in our building – with travel and coming out here, I liked the way we started.”From top to bottom everyone contributed (Thursday), especially with our team everybody’s got to be going and I thought everybody had a big part in the game.”Marco Scandella, Sam Reinhart and Scott Wilson scored in regulation for the Sabres.With the win the Sabres, who sit last in the East, are just two points back of the Senators.Ryan Dzingel led the way for the Senators in regulation with two goals Womens Victor Rask Jersey , while Thomas Chabot scored his sixth of the season. Craig Anderson made 31 saves.The Senators, who had a number of stellar chances, felt they deserved a better fate on this night.”In the second and third, we threw everything at them except the kitchen sink and it didn’t go in,” Senators coach Guy Boucher said. ”We couldn’t come closer than we did. You have to give credit to the goaltender, he played terrific.”Trailing 3-2, the Sabres tied the game just 27 seconds into the third as Ryan O’Reilly found Wilson in front and he beat Anderson high.The Senators had a number of chances to regain the lead, but Lehner either made the stop or had luck on his side.Dzingel tied it at 1 just 36 seconds into the second period as he fired a shot from the slot, and then gave the Senators the lead with his 19th of the season three minutes later.”I haven’t had that much fun in a while,” said Dzingel, who played alongside Matt Duchene and Mike Hoffman. ”Just feeding off those guys and complimenting them and it clicked. … Hopefully we can stick together.”Dzingel Alex DeBrincat Jersey , who turns 26 on Friday, has been a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season for the Senators.”I’ve always personally believed he could be a 20-goal scorer with what he did last year,” Boucher said. ”It doesn’t surprise me how well he’s played. To score 20 goals is quite an accomplishment in this league, especially considering it’s just his second season, and he needs just one more and I believe he’ll accomplish the feat. He’s a nice story this season for our team.”Buffalo was able to tie the game midway through the second as Reinhart jumped on a loose puck in front and scored off his backhand, but the Senators made it 3-2 as Chabot beat Lehner glove side.”We needed a bounce-back game from last night,” said Reinhart. ”It was nice to gut that one out.”The Senators nearly made it 4-2 as shots from Dzingel and Hoffman slid across the goal line, but Benoit Pouliot was able to clear the puck before Ottawa got another chance.”I saw it live, I saw it on the replay and I couldn’t believe it,” Duchene said. ”At the start of the period, that probably goes in with the fresh ice Cam Atkinson Jersey Kids , but end of the period it literally died right on the goal post. I haven’t seen one that close, probably ever.”The Sabres opened the scoring at the 17-minute mark of the first as Scandella kept the puck in at the blue line, spun and put a shot through traffic past Anderson.NOTES: Ottawa C Tom Pyatt returned to the lineup after missing Monday’s game with the flu. … LW Max McCormick and D Erik Burgdoerfer were healthy scratches for the Senators. … Buffalo D Josh Gorges returned to the lineup after missing the last five games.UP NEXTSabres: vs. Vegas on Saturday.Senators: vs. Calgary on Saturday night. Look for the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple to stick with their strengths Friday night at Honda Center.The Ducks (8-9-3) have been one of the toughest teams to score against in recent seasons, while the Maple Leafs (13-6-0) have featured one of the top-scoring offenses.Anaheim had the third-lowest goals-against average in the NHL last season at 2.55, but the Maple Leafs combined for 10 goals in a two-game sweep of the Ducks. Toronto tied for third in the NHL last season at 3.29 goals per game.Article continues below ...Anaheim hasn’t been as stingy this season. The Ducks are 11th in the league in GAA (2.85), but they continue to feature one of the league’s top goaltenders in John Gibson.The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, have become stronger on offense thanks to the addition of explosive center John Tavares. They’ve also tightened up on defense behind former Anaheim goalie Frederik Andersen.Andersen, who was drafted in the third round by the Ducks in 2012 and played his first three NHL seasons in Anaheim, has built some of the best numbers in the league this season. After making 42 saves Thursday night in a 5-3 victory at the San Jose Sharks, backup goalie Garret Sparks will start against the Ducks.Gibson and Andersen alternated starts for Anaheim during the 2015-16 season before the Ducks traded Andersen to Toronto in June 2016 www.kingsproshop.com , making Gibson their No. 1 goalie. Anaheim signed Gibson to an eight-year contraction extension last summer.The Ducks have been very successful this season when holding opponents to two regulation goals or fewer, owning an 8-0-2 record in those situations, compared to 0-8-1 when they don’t.The main issue for Anaheim has been consistency, Gibson said.The Ducks started the season 5-1-1, marking the fifth time in franchise history they accumulated at least 11 points through the first seven games. Anaheim followed that run by losing seven in a row, however, one shy of the franchise record.Since ending the losing streak, the Ducks have alternated wins and losses over the past six games. They posted impressive one-goal victories against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Calgary Flames and Nashville Predators, only to lose their following game to the Los Angeles Kings (4-1), Minnesota Wild (5-1) and Vegas Golden Knights (5-0).“We’ve been able to win one here and there Womens Josh Anderson Jersey , but not go on a run,” Gibson said. “Hopefully, we can start stringing some together.”In the loss to the Golden Knights on Wednesday, Anaheim played without one of their top defensemen, Cam Fowler. He was struck in the face with the puck late in the third period against the Predators on Monday and sustained multiple fractures that will sideline him several weeks.The Ducks will likely start three rookie defensemen against Toronto, which is averaging 3.50 goals — good for third in the NHL.A big reason for the slight increase in offensive production this season has been the addition of Tavares, a five-time NHL All-Star who left the New York Islanders on July 1 and signed a seven-year, $77 million contract with the Maple Leafs.Tavares scored the first goal Thursday night against the Sharks, giving him five goals and 10 points in a seven-game point streak.

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