I guess the Sens were just being generous on Thursday... they wanted to add a little suspense and donate the Buffalo Sabres a point, so they let the Buffaslugs back into the game before winning 3-2 it in a shootout. I guess they're still in the Christmas spirit; hopefully they lose that generosity when facing the Red Wings on Saturday.
Shean Donovan and Daniel Alfredsson scored the Sens' goals, with Shean Don taking a swell pass from Chris Kelly and el capitano ripping the puck past sabres goaler Jocelyn Thibault. Wade Redden, as I'm sure everyone has heard, had an uneventful 800th game. Martin Gerber had a solid shootout--the only goal allowed in six chances was to Tomas Vanek--and was alright throughout the game, although not stupendous. It's unclear who will be playing on Saturday against the Wings.
I don't understand John Paddock's tactics. Okay, I've been harping a lot lately, but only three players had less ice time than Dean McAmmond last night: blockhead Andrew Peters and unskilled pest Troy Kaleta for the Sabres, and Cody Bass for Ottawa. So what does D-Mac do? He wins the game with the shootout-clinching goal. That'll show 'im. Give Deaner another chance on the top line with Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley, and try it out for a whole game, he'll get more results than Randy Robitaille, guaranteed.
As for the Red Wings game, stay tuned for a game Wings synopsis courtesy Christy from Detroit Red Wings blog Behind the Jersey. Check out that site for a Sens-angled preview in the coming hours.