Se­na­tors top Sabres for 10th straight win

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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

The As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

The Cana­dian Press

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.

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