Final OT

Series (Game 5 of 5)

Ottawa leads 4-1

Game 1: Saturday, November 16th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 10th
Game 3: Thursday, December 26th
Game 4: Saturday, January 4th
Game 5: Saturday, January 25th

Sabres 3

(15-23-3, 40 pts)

Senators 4

(32-11-1, 71 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 25, 2003

Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 OT T
BUF 0 2 1 03
OTT 0 1 2 14

D. Alfredsson (Senators - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

M. Fisher (Senators - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

S. Barnes (Sabres - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Biron's shutout streak comes to an end

OTTAWA (AP) -- Daniel Alfredsson stopped Martin Biron's shutout streak -- and finished off the rest of the Buffalo Sabres, too.

(Since 1944-45)
4: Bill Durnan, Mon. (2/24-3/9, 1949)
3: Martin Biron, Buf. (1/18-24, 2003)
3: Patrick Lalime, Ott. (1/9-14, 2003)
3: Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Ana. (12/8-15, 2002)
3: Patrick Roy, Col. (11/14-18, 2001)
3: Ed Belfour, Dal. (11/17-24, 2000)
3: John Vanbiesbrouck, Phila. (10/20-24, 1999)
3: Trevor Kidd, Cal. (4/1-6, 1998)
3: Martin Brodeur, N.J. (3/27-4/4, 1997)
3: Nikolai Khabibulin, Pho. (3/5-8, 1997)
3: Greg Millen, St.L. (12/1-6, 1988)
3: Jim Rutherford, Det. (12/31, 1975-Jan. 8, 1976)
3: Tony Esposito, Chi. (1/19-27, 1972)
3: Cesare Maniago, Minn. (12/13-16, 1967)
3: Glenn Hall, Det. (12/11-18, 1955)
3: Terry Sawchuk, Det. (11/20-25, 1954)
3: Turk Broda, Tor. (10/18-25, 1950)
-- Source: Elias Sports Bureau

Alfredsson scored his second goal of the game at 2:22 of overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 victory over Buffalo on Saturday night in a matchup of bankrupt franchises.

Alfredsson took a pass from Todd White in the slot and fired a slap shot between Biron's legs.

"It's always fun to score in overtime," said Alfredsson, who reached the 20-goal plateau for the fourth consecutive season and sixth time in his career. "Tonight, we weren't at our best, but we're able to get the win."

Biron extended his shutout streak to 221 minutes, 58 seconds before allowing Alfredsson's power-play goal at 46 seconds of the second period. Biron had not given up a goal since Saku Koivu beat Jan. 11 in Montreal.

"It was a great run," said Biron, who blanked Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Toronto in his previous three games. "I don't know if I'll ever get three back-to-back-to-back again."

Biron finished with 28 saves, while Ottawa's Martin Prusek stopped 21 shots to improve to 9-0 this season.

The Senators twice rallied from a goal down in the third, with Radek Bonk making it 3-3 with a power-play goal with 10:25 left.

Mike Fisher also scored for NHL-leading Ottawa, which picked up three of its goals with the man advantage to run its unbeaten string to three games.

Chris Gratton had two goals and rookie Ales Kotalik also scored for Buffalo, which lost for the first time in eight games.

"We got a point, that's a big thing for us," said Sabres center Stu Barnes, who added a pair of assists.

Ottawa was 3-for-4 on the power play.

"Biron did a good job shutting us out in the first period,"

Senators defenseman Wade Redden said. "So it was a good feeling. The power play really came through for us."

Ottawa filed for bankruptcy protection on Jan. 9 after two major banks balked at backing majority owner Rod Bryden's refinancing plan to retain the franchise.

The Sabres, who have been under the NHL's control since last June, followed five days later in an attempt to erase their debts and carry out a potential sale. Combined, the Sabres and Senators owe more than $360 million to their respective creditors.

The NHL granted Mark Hamister his fourth and what could be his final extension on Friday to complete the conditional purchase of the Sabres. Hamister, a Buffalo businessman, and majority partner Todd Berman, a New York City financier, now have until Feb. 3 to sign a purchase asset agreement or risk relinquishing their rights to buy the Sabres, opening the possibility of the team moving or folding at the end of this season.

Game notes
Ottawa LW Martin Havlat (bruised right elbow) and D Curtis Leschyshyn (groin) each sat out for the second game in a row. ... The Senators recalled RW Toni Dahlman from Binghamton of the AHL to take Havlat's place. ... Buffalo D Rhett Warrener missed his seventh straight game because of a bruised foot.

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