Sabres stun Senators to open East semis


Chris Drury and the Buffalo Sabres beat the high-scoring Ottawa Senators at their own game.

Drury scored 18 seconds into overtime after Tim Connolly netted his second goal of the night with 10.7 seconds remaining in regulation and the Sabres stunned the host Senators with a 7-6 victory last night in a wild Eastern Conference semifinal opener.

The teams scored three goals in the final 1:37 of regulation as Buffalo's Derek Roy tied it at 5 with a short-handed effort. But Bryan Smolinski scored his second 24 seconds later during the same power play to give Ottawa its fifth straight lead, 6-5.

The Sabres pressed for one more, and Connolly got it as he swept a puck that lay within Ray Emery's reach up and over the rookie goalie to shock the sellout crowd.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series won't be until Monday because the arena is unavailable over the weekend.

Mighty Ducks 5, Avalanche 0 -- Host Anaheim opened the Western Conference semifinals Friday night with a victory over Colorado. The Ducks scored four times in the second period to break the game open. Anaheim rookie Ilya Bryzgalov made 29 saves after stopping all 22 he faced in his Game 7 win at Calgary.

Off the ice -- Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu still doesn't know the full extent of his eye injury but expects to make a full recovery. He was struck in the left eye last week by the errant stick of Carolina Hurricanes forward Justin Williams during Montreal's 2-1 overtime playoff loss in Game 3 of the first-round series. For 48 hours, Koivu didn't know if he would be permanently blind in the eye.

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