The tides turned for the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. A week after downing the Ottawa Senators, 3-1, in their building, the shoe was suddenly on the other foot. Ottawa used a hat-trick from former Sabres forward Tyler Ennis to coast past Buffalo, 5-0 at the Canadian Tire Centre.
After a quiet opening 16 minutes or so, the Senators struck three times before the horn sounded on the first period. Ennis potted two goals on Aaron Dell, while sandwiched between Ennis' pair was a power play goal from forward Drake Batherson.
Ottawa extended their lead to 4-0 in the middle stanza thanks to a nifty passing play from young centerman, Tim Stützle. He and fellow forward Alex Formenton teamed up on a 2-on-1, with Formenton the beneficiary of a slick pass from Stützle after some pitch-and-catch.
Sitting on two goals, Ennis nailed the trifecta inside the final minute of regulation. It was Ennis' second-career hat-trick, and put the finishing touches on a shutout win for Senators goaltender Matt Murray.
As for Dell, he made 42 saves in defeat.
OTT: 15:53 - Tyler Ennis (2) (Adam Gaudette, Josh Brown); 17:11 - Drake Batherson (13) PPG (Unassisted); 18:48 - Tyler Ennis (3) (Chris Tierney, Adam Gaudette)
OTT: 11:15 - Alex Formenton (8) (Tim Stützle, Brady Tkachuk)
OTT: 19:30 - Tyler Ennis (4) (Josh Brown, Lassi Thomson)
BUF: 4:54 - Casey Mittelstadt (Hooking - 2 min.); 16:01 - Jeff Skinner (Slashing - 2 min.)
OTT: 11:43 - Josh Brown (Tripping - 2 min.)
BUF: 3:47 - Rasmus Dahlin (Roughing - 2 min.); 19:15 - Victor Olofsson (Hooking - 2 min.)
OTT: 3:47 - Austin Watson (Slashing - 2 min.); 14:59 - Chris Tierney (Tripping - 2 min.)
BUF: 4:25 - Dylan Cozens (Roughing - 2 min.); 12:23 - Robert Hagg (Hooking - 2 min.)
OTT: 4:25 - Austin Watson (Roughing - 2 min.); 4:25 - Zach Sanford (Roughing - 2 min.); 8:20 - Tyler Ennis (Slashing - 2 min.); 16:37 - Josh Norris (High sticking - 2 min.)
Losi and Gangi Three Stars of the Game:
1.) Tyler Ennis - OTT
2.) Matt Murray - OTT
3.) Tim Stützle - OTT
The Sabres head to the desert for a date with the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night at Gila River Arena. Faceoff is set for 9 p.m. EST with pregame coverage on WGR starting at 8 p.m. EST with Brian Koziol.