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tried to make the most of it and do - Dogcat250 - 02-12-2019

OTTAWA -- Craig Anderson credited a couple bounces among his 40 saves in the Ottawa Senators latest win. His play was the bright spot in a drab 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. "When called upon youve got to be there for them," said Anderson, who earned his ninth win of the season. "(Thursday) was one of those nights where everything kind of went my way. I got the bounces. We did the little things that pay off and end up winning you the game as opposed to looking good on the scoresheet." Like the Senators, Anderson has had his share of struggles this season, but has looked better as of late. "Our goaltender obviously made a conscious decision that he was going to be competitive and gave us a chance to win," said Senators coach Paul MacLean. MacLean has been looking for a more consistent effort from his team and with points in their last four games the Senators are finally showing signs of it. "Weve had a good week, but we cant be satisfied with that," said Anderson. "This week means nothing if we dont continue with the progress for the next game." Bobby Ryan and Zack Smith scored for the Senators (13-14-6), who will look to extend their point streak Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings. Tyler Ennis scored the lone goal for the Sabres (7-23-2). Ryan Miller faced 32 shots. This was the second of back-to-back games between the two teams with the Sabres winning Tuesday 2-1 in a shootout. Anderson was solid in the third with the Senators holding a 2-1 lead. He made a big save on Mark Pysyk early in the period and another on Drew Stafford late in the period to preserve the lead. He was called upon yet again in the final two minutes as Milan Michalek took a holding penalty. "I think Anderson played well," said Ennis. "Scoring goals is hard." These two teams have a history of playing a less than exciting style of hockey against one another, which could be the reason for the second smallest crowd of the season with just 15,578 on hand. Smith realized that Thursdays game may not have been the most exciting from a fans standpoint, but hoped that the win more than makes up for it. "Weve struggled to put wins together so when you get four games and points in all of them its pretty huge," said Smith. "Its good to get going and get the confidence up." The second period was a struggle for both teams. Ottawa continued to have trouble in their own end, but were fortunate as the Buffalo offence had its own problems. Anderson was also able to make up for any glaring mistakes. Smiths second-period goal at the six-minute mark held up as the winner. Kyle Turris made a nice pass and Smith was the benefactor as the puck bounced off a skate to his stick and he swept it past Miller. Ottawa nearly gave up the first goal -- yet again -- but caught a break when John Scott was called for goaltender interference early in the game. The Senators managed to make the most of the opportunity and scored first as Ryan picked up his 15th of the season midway through the period. Turris made a cross-ice pass to Ryan, who was left all alone in front. Sabres head coach Ted Nolan admitted both goals were just a matter of players breaking down for a couple of seconds. "If you dont turn for one split second its in the net, and thats what happened." The Sabres made it 1-1 on a power-play wraparound goal by Ennis late in the first. "They gave me a lot of time to walk it and take it in front," said Ennis. "I just tried to throw it in and I got a good bounce." It was a special night for Ottawa native Cody Ceci, who was an emergency recall, and made his NHL debut Thursday. Ceci ended up plus-2, played 20:40 and was on the ice in the final minutes as the Senators killed a penalty. "It was definitely a special experience," said Ceci. "Its always nice when the coach shows confidence in you and puts you out in the last minute. For him to pick me was pretty special so I tried to make the most of it and do my best not to let them score." Notes: D Joe Corvo played in his 700th NHL game and D Jared Cowen sat out the first of his two-game suspension. The Senators also recalled C Jean-Gabriel Pageau. D Marc Methot was out with the flu and LW Matt Kassian was a healthy scratch for the Senators. a The Sabres were without top-scoring C Cody Hodgson, who has an undisclosed injury. D Brayden McNabb was a healthy scratch. Cheap 2018 Air Max 97 . Its been two seasons in one for both parties and neither will look back on the first 18 games fondly. "I think I took the fall for a lot of things," said Gay, reflecting on his short time in Toronto ahead of Wednesdays game against his former club. Cheap Nike Air Max 97 Online Rose . PAUL, Minn. But qualifying for her first Scotties Tournament of Hearts after years of falling short in tough Manitoba provincial championships is as good as consolation prizes get for the 29-year-old from Winnipegs Fort Rouge Curling Club. Cheap Nike Air Max 97 Online Brown . Lawrie was hit on the hand by Cincinnati pitcher Johnny Cueto in the second inning of Sundays 4-3 loss to the Reds. Air Max 97 Silver Bullet For Sale . PETERSBURG, Fla.Alastair Cook challenged Englands naive batsmen to grow up after their 75-run defeat to Pakistan at Lords and turn the four-Test series on its head. Cook insisted England would channel the fighting spirit that inspired last summers 3-2 Ashes series victory following a 405-run thrashing by Australia in the 2015 second Test at Lords. England slip to Lords defeat England slipped to a 75-run defeat to Pakistan in the first Investec Test at Lords The England skipper accepted his side were 100 runs light in a disappointing first innings that ultimately handed Pakistan the immediate one-nil series advantage. Yasir Shah registered Pakistans best-ever match figures at Lords with 10 vital wickets, with the England captain admitting his side now have considerable ground to recover.Its a good week for some guys growing up and becoming match-hardened Test cricketers, said Cook, with the second Test at Old Trafford starting on Friday.Weeks like this do do that to you, and weve got to try to improve. We lost to Australia here far more heavily and we certainly bounced back very well in the next few games. Head coach Trevor Bayliss gave his thoughts after Pakistan beat England 75 runs at Lords. I think we were 100 runs light in the first innings. For a leg spinner to get six-for on that kind of a day too is frustrating. You dont mind on a turning wicket at the end.Its disappointing and the beauty of a four-Test series is that youve got chances to come back and thats exactly what well aim to do.I just think we had a few poor shot selections to a few certain types of balls. We played some naive shots at times to certain angles. Thats frustrating. Weve got to talk about it, but you can talk all you want: weve got to deliver.You dont mind getting bowled out sometimes, and you can play some bad shots but we played too many bad shots. Five Things: Lords How to execute the perfect press-up was just one of the many lessons dished out in the first Test It is frustrating, weve got three days now to go away and its never nice losing at Lords.dddddddddddd Well use that as motivation and get better.Pakistan met their victory by copying Misbah-ul-Haqs press-ups celebration,that the captain had pulled out to mark his first-innings century.To a man the touring squad dropped to the Lords turf for 10 press-ups, before rising to salute the Pakistan flag.Former England seamer Tim Bresnan bristled at Pakistans celebration, tweeting That might bite you boys. Karma catches up with you eventually. It did with the Sprinkler, referencing Englands over-used Ashes victory dance. Younis Khan leads the celebrations as Pakistan defeat England at Lords in the first Test of the series. Cook insisted England took no offence from Pakistans on-field victory toasts, before also refusing to blame the absence of Jimmy Anderson and Ben Stokes for their first-Test defeat.Branding the potential second-Test return of both Anderson and Stokes great news, Cook said: It is nice that those two obviously seem back to close to full fitness but we cannot be using that as an excuse as to why we lost.You dont take any offence (to Pakistans celebration), but certainly at that emotive time its not pleasant viewing.Certainly when youve lost a game of cricket for the first 20 minutes or so its not pleasant. They are entitled to do what they want. Its united them and shows what a challenge weve got.Watch day one of the second Test between England and Pakistan live on Sky Sports 2 from 10am this Friday. 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