Senators-Sabres: Ottawa Stacks Five on Buffalo in the Third

Mike DoyonCorrespondent IMarch 26, 2008

Do they really have to leave it 'til the very end of the game to wake up? If the last two games are any indication, then yes. 

Nine third period goals in the last two games for the Ottawa Senators.

After giving up two quick ones in 25 seconds to Buffalo, the Sens' offence exploded for five goals in eight minutes to take a 6-3 vic and pretty much solidify the playoff fate for the Sabres. It was nice to see Dean McAmmond use his speed for a change when he drove hard to the net and got a nice feed from Vermette. That made it 3-2, but the fact that it was a short-handed goal woke up the Senators' offence. Opened the floodgates, if you will. Alfie tied it up going shelfy like only he knows how...ping!

I can't not write about my boy Volchenkov getting his first goal of the year with a blast from the blueline...ping! Oh yeah, it's worth mentioning that I was talking about how the A-Train hadn't scored a goal all season seconds before he sniped. Game winner to boot!

It's been quite the fall from grace for Buffalo this year, after capturing the 1st seed in the East in '07. Of course, no Briere and no Drury. Just Derek Roy, Thomas Vanek, and Jason Pominville to carry the load. Their D is nothing special either. I have no sympathy for them, though. It sure was nice to see Sabres fans sprint out of their seats when Alfie lit the lamp making it 5-3.

Let's see if the Sens can take the second of this home-and-home with Buff on Thursday at the SBP. Maybe this time they'll spread their goals out a little more.

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