Senators top Sabres for 10th straight win
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Daniel Alfredsson scored twice in the final minute — including an empty-netter — to extend the Ottawa Senators’ franchise-best winning streak to 10 with a 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.
Jason Spezza also scored two goals and added an assist, and Brian Elliott stopped 36 shots to win his eighth straight game — matching the franchise mark he set as a rookie last season.
Ryan Shannon had two assists in helping the surging Senators close to within three points of the first-place Sabres in the Northeast Division.
Andrej Sekera and Tim Connolly scored 27 seconds apart to tie it in the third period for the Sabres, who lost their eighth in a row to Ottawa, dating to a 4-2 home win on Jan. 6, 2009.
The Senators bounced back after squandering a 2-0 lead. Defenceman Erik Karlsson set up Alfredsson for the decisive goal with a minute remaining. Karlsson wound up at the right point as if he was going to shoot, but instead fed a perfect pass through the slot to Alfredsson, alone at the left post.
The Senators captain sealed the victory by bouncing a shot into an open net with less than 23 seconds left. Ottawa won its sixth straight road game to match a team mark set in closing the 200203 season.
Spezza has scored in seven consecutive games, including five since returning from a right knee injury. TORONTO — Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani each scored 20 points as the Toronto Raptors earned their sixth home win in a row Wednesday, 108-99 over the New Jersey Nets.
Antoine Wright, making his third start of the season, scored a season-high 18 points, Jarrett Jack chipped in 17 and Sonny Weems had career highs with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Devin Harris and Yi Jianlian each scored 15 and Courtney Lee had 14 for the Nets (4-44).
The Raptors (27-23) led by 11 early in the first quarter and trailed by 12 during the second quarter.
They rebounded to take an 8378 lead into the fourth quarter, extending it to 100-90 with 5:23 left in the game after Jack hit a three-pointer.
The Raptors started the game quickly and raced to a 15-4 lead but the Nets cut it to 28-22 by the end of the first quarter.
And in the second quarter, former Raptor Kris Humphries who had 13 points for the game, hit a 22-foot jumper to tie the game 2828 with 10:37 left in the half.
On the Nets’ next possession, Humphries made it 30-28 with a 15-foot step-back jumper and Chris Douglas-Robert put the Nets up by four with a pull-up jumper off the fast break with 9:28 to play in the half.
The Nets used a 10-0 run to take a 42-30 lead with 7:02 left in
Buffalo Sabres Tim Connolly (19) shoots on Ottawa Senators goalie Brian Elliott under pressure from Senators Erik Karlsson (65) during the first period of an NHL game in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday. Senators won, 4-2.
New Jersey Nets centre Brook Lopez (left) puts in a reverse dunk over Toronto Raptors centre Andrea Bargnani during first half NBA action in Toronto on Wednesday. Raptors won, 108-99.