Series (Game 5 of 6)

Buffalo leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, November 1st
Game 2: Monday, November 17th
Game 3: Tuesday, December 23rd
Game 4: Friday, January 9th
Game 5: Saturday, February 28th
Game 6: Wednesday, March 3rd

Sabres 1

(28-30-1, 63 pts)

Senators 7

(35-16-5, 84 pts)

7:00 PM ET, February 28, 2004

Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 T
BUF 1 0 01
OTT 1 3 37

W. Redden (Senators - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

D. Alfredsson (Senators - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

B. Smolinski (Senators - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

Buffalo (28-29-6-1) at Ottawa (34-16-9-5) 7:00 pm EST

OTTAWA (Ticker) -- The Ottawa Senators try to extend their home unbeaten streak to 20 games and send the Buffalo Sabres to their fourth straight loss Saturday night as the Northeast Division rivals open a home-and-home series.

Ottawa is 20-7-5-4 at the Corel Centre and has not had a regulation loss since December 13. The Senators improved to 14-0-3-2 in their last 19 home games with Thursday's 1-1 tie vs. the Philadelphia Flyers.

Marian Hossa scored his 27th goal as the Senators took 41 shots on Sean Burke and got 18 saves from Patrick Lalime.

Ottawa is one point behind Philadelphia for first place in the Eastern Conference and two ahead of Boston and Toronto in the Northeast Division.

The Senators will be without Martin Havlat for the home-and-home series. He was handed a two-game suspension for a high-sticking incident involving Mark Recchi.

Buffalo is eight points behind the New York Islanders for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Sabres have been outscored, 16-5, in this skid, which has featured a pair of losses to the Islanders and follows a six-game unbeaten streak.

Buffalo, which hosts Ottawa on Wednesday, comes off Friday's 4-2 home loss to the Islanders. The Sabres had 44 shots on Rick DiPietro, including 17 in the first period and 19 in the third. But they could only muster second-period goals by Chris Drury and J.P. Dumont.

While Buffalo was 0-4-0 vs. the Islanders, it is 2-0-2 vs. Ottawa this season.