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Ottawa 4, Buffalo 1

Nov. 17, 2002 at 12:48 AM   |   Comments

OTTAWA, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Todd White tallied twice Saturday night as the Ottawa Senators scored four unanswered goals and pulled away for a 4-1 triumph over the Buffalo Sabres, whose winless streak was extended to 11 games.

Ottawa had scored on the power play in a team-record 13 consecutive games and owns the NHL's second-ranked unit with the man advantage.

Despite a sluggish start and no power-play goals in three chances during the opening period, the Senators got going in the second as Mike Fisher beat Martin Biron with a one-timer at 2:11 to forge a 1-1 tie.

Just over nine minutes later, White scored the go-ahead goal, his third in as many games.

Marian Hossa and White struck in the third period and Patrick Lalime preserved the lead with several outstanding saves.

Chris Gratton scored for the Sabres, who have lost six straight and are 0-9-2 in the last 11 games. The winless streak is one short of the club record, set during the 1991-92 season.

Gratton opened the scoring 2:54 into the game when he fired a hard shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle past Lalime and under the crossbar. It was the only goal Buffalo got, despite an 11-6 edge in shots in the opening 20 minutes.

Tim Connolly hit the goalpost during a Sabres' power play and Adam Mair caught Lalime out of position but bounced a shot over the goalie's stick.

Ottawa tied it when Martin Havlat left a drop pass for Fisher and screened Biron, enabling the 22-year-old center to score his second goal of the season.

Hossa, who was stopped on a breakaway in the first period, made it 3-1 at 7:33. He scored off a perfect feed from 6-9 defenseman Zdeno Chara in the low slot.

Since outscoring foes, 12-2, in its first two games, Buffalo has just 24 goals while allowing 45.

After White's second goal, the Senators had a chance to make it 14 straight games with a power-play tally as Mair drew a major penalty and a game misconduct for intent to injure Chris Neil during a brawl.

But protecting a three-goal cushion, Ottawa took it easy and did not extend the streak.

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