Dixon Ward scored with 20 seconds left and the Buffalo Sabres overcame the loss of star goaltender Dominik Hasek to beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 Monday night in their first-round series in Kanata, Ontario.
The Sabres took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, but lost Hasek with a knee sprain late in the second period. He is expected to miss the rest of the series.
Hasek, the favorite to win the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player, hurt his knee as Ottawa’s Sergei Zholtok scored on a power play at 15:33 to tie the game at 1.
Sabres defenseman Darryl Shannon tied it at 11:51 of the third period, blasting a slapshot between Ron Tugnutt’s pads from the top of the faceoff circle.
Sabres 3, Senators 2
Buffalo 0 1 2 - 3
Ottawa 0 2 0 - 2
Second period-1, Buffalo, Burridge 3 (Audette, Holzinger), 13:27. 2, Ottawa, Zholtok 1 (Laukkanen, Duchesne), 15:33 (pp). 3, Ottawa, Yashin 1 (Alfredsson, Cunneyworth), 17:41 (pp).
Third period-4, Buffalo, Shannon 1, 11:51. 5, Buffalo, Ward 1 (Smehlik), 19:40.
Shots on goal-Buffalo 7-7-8-22. Ottawa 6-12-10-28.Power-play opp.-Buffalo 0 of 5; Ottawa 2 of 8.Goalies-Buffalo, Hasek (13 shots-12 saves), Shields 1-0 (15:33 second, 15-14). Ottawa, Tugnutt 1-2 (22-19).A-18,500 (18,500).
Referee-Kerry Fraser. Linesmen-Dan Schachte, Mark Wheler.
Flyers 5, Penguins 3
Pittsburgh Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Mikael Renberg scored during a 40-shot flurry in the first two periods and Philadelphia left Pittsburgh on the brink of elimination.
Philadelphia 1 3 1 - 5
Pittsburgh 2 0 1 - 3
First period-1, Pittsburgh, Jagr 3 (Woolley, Francis), 7:19 (pp). 2, Philadelphia, Renberg 1 (Lindros), 7:54. 3, Pittsburgh, Jagr 4 (Lemieux, Hatcher), 16:29 (pp).
Second period-4, Philadelphia, Falloon 3 (Dykhuis, Renberg), 10:33 (pp). 5, Philadelphia, Lindros 2 (LeClair, Renberg), 13:46. 6, Philadelphia, LeClair 3 (Prospal, Snow), 19:48 (pp).
Third period-7, Philadelphia, Zubrus 1 (Prospal), 18:28 (en). 8, Pittsburgh, Johnson 1 (Barnes, Moran), 19:44.
Shots on goal-Philadelphia 28-12-13-53. Pittsburgh 11-15-12-38.Power-play opp.- Philadelphia 2 of 6; Pittsburgh 2 of 5.Goalies-Philadelphia, Snow 3-0 (38 shots-35 saves). Pittsburgh, Wregget 0-3 (52-48).A-17,355 (17,181).
Referee-Rob Shick. Linesmen-Wayne Bonney, Mike Cvik, Paul Stewart.
The NHL fined Montreal defenseman Dave Manson $1,000 for criticizing referee Stephen Walkom after the Canadiens’ 4-1 loss Saturday in New Jersey.
After Manson was called for four minor penalties he said: “I think I knew who Walkom bet on to win the Stanley Cup,” adding the referee did a “terrible job.”
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