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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.

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.