Matt Moulson scored the shootout winner as the Buffalo Sabres edged the Ottawa Senators 5-4 Monday night.
Buffalo has now won four straight and 10 of 13.
The loss drops the Sens to 0-1-2 under head coach Dave Cameron.
After Bobby Ryan opened the scoring in the first, the Sabres scored three straight in the second.
Rasmus Ristolainen tied it 1-1, Moulson netted his seventh of the season and Marcus Foligno gave Buffalo a 3-1 lead.
Mark Stone pulled Ottawa to within one with 6:18 remaining in the second.
Curtis Lazar scored his first career NHL goal tying it 3-3 at 2:02 of the third.
Alex Chiasson gave Ottawa its’ second lead of the night just over three minutes later.
However, Brian Flynn tied it 4-4 to force overtime at 16:31 of the final frame.
Jhonas Enroth improved to 10-10-1 with a 29 save effort. Robin Lehner stopped 29 shots in the loss.
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New Jersey goes with Kinkaid
The Devils, losers in nine of their last 11, will turn to little-used Keith Kinkaid tonight when they take on the Islanders at Nassau.
Kinkaid has been up and down between New Jersey and AHL Albany this season and sat mostly behind Cory Schneider when up with the big club. Kinkaid has just four appearances on the season — and one start, a 3-2 shootout loss to Chicago — heading into tonight, but does have a solid 1.64 GAA and .943 save percentage overall.
The 25-year-old’s last outing came in relief of Schneider during Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Dallas, in which he stopped all three shots faced in just over 17 minutes of action (Schneider surrendered four goals on 33 shots.)
For the Isles, Jaroslav Halak will be in goal.
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Shortly after Washington announced it wouldn’t be sending Andre Burkovsky to the World Junior championships, the Canucks did the same with their budding young talent.
Bo Horvat, the ninth overall pick at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, won’t be released to Team Canada for the Worlds, to be played in Toronto and Montreal from Dec. 26-Jan. 5.
“[Bo] is a solid two-way player,” Canucks GM Jim Benning explained, per The Province. “[He’s] strong in the faceoff circle and displays a maturity beyond his years.”
Horvat, 19, scored three points in seven games for Canada at last year’s tournament and was one of four NHLers pegged as potential selections for this year’s (along with Jonathan Drouin, Curtis Lazar and Anthony Duclair, the latter of whom is going.)
Horvat has acquitted himself nicely with the Canucks this season, though, and that’s why he’s staying put. The former OHL London standout has five points through 17 games and has been a lineup fixture ever since Zack Kassian was lost to a finger injury.
Colorado Avalanche prospect Chris Bigras was one of five players sent home from Team Canada’s World Junior selection camp Sunday.
Bigras was a member of the 2014 Canadian squad, which lost to Russia in the bronze medal game in January.
Defenseman Travis Sanheim, a Philadelphia Flyers’ prospect, was returned to the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League.
Forwards Remi Elie (Dallas Stars), Morgan Klimchuk (Calgary Flames) and Nick Baptiste (Buffalo Sabres) were also returned to their respective junior clubs.
Ottawa’s Curtis Lazar and Vancouver’s Bo Horvat are among those currently on NHL rosters who could possibly be added to the team, but a decision on their future must be made prior to the NHL’s roster freeze Dec. 19.
“It’s day-by-day. I haven’t heard anything, actually,” Horvat told ProHockeyTalk’s Cam Tucker. “Just trying to get better here and focus on trying to win here. If I keep doing that, eventually I’m sure they’re going to tell me what’s going on but for right now I’m just trying to focus on the Canucks.”
Team Canada’s roster currently consists of eight defencemen and 15 forwards and two goaltenders. The final roster, which needs to be finalized by Dec. 25, must be down to 22 players.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau will get an another opportunity to prove he belongs in the NHL.
The Ottawa Senators announced they’ve recalled the forward from the American Hockey League’s Binghamton Senators on Sunday.
Pageau, 22, has eight goals and 10 assists in 26 AHL games this season.
The Ottawa native burst on to the scene with the Senators during the lockout shortened 2012-13 season registering four points in nine regular season games he added four goals and six points in 10 playoff games that spring.
Since then however, Pageau has registered just two goals in 28 games with the NHL club.
In 37 career NHL games, all with the Sens, Pageau has four goals, two assists and 12 penalty minutes while averaging 10:33 in ice time.
Ottawa returns to action Monday night when they visit the Buffalo Sabres.