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Canadian Press
10/7/2006 10:40:01 PM

OTTAWA (CP) - Goaltenders are creatures of habit who often believe disaster is around the corner when their routines are broken.

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Martin Biron proved that theory wrong on Saturday night as he led his team to a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators 4-3 in front of a sellout crowd of 19,202 at Scotiabank Place.

Biron damaged his skate blade during the warm-up and had to get his skates sharpened before the opening period. He then faced just five shots in the first period, which was delayed close to fifteen minutes when a pane of glass shattered.

"This was a weird night," Biron said after collecting the win in his first start of the season.

"My skates were totally shot and I had to get them sharpened which is something I totally hate because I hate getting undressed. Then I had to get dressed again and do all my tape around my ankles. I go back, didn't get too many shots and then the glass broke, so there's another 10 or 15 minutes, so you're starting to get cold.

"Sometimes those nights go against you, some nights they go for you. Maybe that's what I needed."

The Sabres provided Biron with a 2-0 lead after that opening period on goals by defenceman Henrik Tallinder and Brian Campbell. Tallinder scored 33 seconds into the game on the first Buffalo shot, and Campbell scored in the final minute.

They received third period goals from Chris Drury, who also had an assist, and Jason Pominville. Daniel Briere chipped in with two assists.

Jason Spezza scored twice for the Senators in the third period while Dean McAmmond scored in the second.

"We got the start we needed, and I know a goalie likes to get in the game early, but we kept the tough chances away from him," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said.

"He got kind of eased into the game which I think gave him a lot of confidence."

The Senators came alive in the second period firing 18 shots at Biron, but the only one to beat him came off the stick of McAmmond who put the puck in between the crossbar and Biron's shoulder. That was the first goal the Senators scored on home ice this season after they were blanked 6-0 in their home opener Thursday by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Martin Gerber made his third straight start for the Senators and, after a strong opening night in Toronto when he made 33 saves, he was pulled after two periods Thursday having surrendered five goals on 24 shots.

The Senators outshot the Sabres 37-24.

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They have a great team this year, that's for sure. And they're off to a great start too.

Carolina, Montreal, and then Ottawa, and stil 3-0. That's not bad at all.
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