Tyler Ennis had his second career two-goal game, and the rookie tied a personal best with points in three straight games (two goals, two assists). Defenseman Mike Weber matched his career high with three points (all assists), while goaltender Jhonas Enroth set personal marks for saves (34) and shots faced (38).
Enroth allowed the Senators’ Jason Spezza to have a four-point night (two goals, two assists), but the backup goalie was otherwise impressive in improving to 5-2-1.
"The kid has done a pretty good job of making big saves in timely parts of the game for us," coach Lindy Ruff said.
The Sabres finished the game without forward Jochen Hecht, who suffered a recurrence of the upper-body injury that sidelined him four times earlier this month. Buffalo started without defenseman Steve Montador, who was a healthy scratch after a minus-2 outing in Toronto.
"Good on the offensive side, he’s had a little bit of a tough time on the defensive side," Ruff said. "We’d really like to keep everybody going. It was not an easy decision to make, and they never are. We’ve got seven guys that have been playing hard for us."
Ruff on the victory: "Obviously, a sad day, but I told the team Rico would’ve wanted the team to go out and win one and want us to go out and have fun during the game. I just told them it would be nice to win one for Rico."
Ruff on Nathan Gerbe's slap shot that gave Buffalo a 5-3 lead: "Gerbe’s shot was a mirror image of how Rico scored. You don’t see those very often. As soon as it went in I thought the same thing: It was just vintage Richard Martin right there."