Daniel Alfredsson Posts His Eight Hattrick

29Sports.com would like to congratulate Ottawa Sentators’ veteran captain, Daniel Alfredsson, who notched the eighth career hattrick on Friday night. This helped lead his slumping squad to a much needed 4-2 road win against their divisional rivals, the Buffalo Sabres. What made this night so special for the 37 year-old Alfredsson is that his third goal, which was scored into an open net, represented career point number one thousand, which is quite an accomplishm. Especially since he wasn’t drafted until the sixth round by the Senators back in 1994. “It’s a big milestone, but it hasn’t been on my mind at all with the struggles we’ve been going through,” said Alfredsson, whose team is now 2-4-1 after seven games. “I got a bit lucky today, but it feels great to get the 1,000 points and win at the same time.” Also starring for Ottawa was goaltender, Brian Elliot, who made 34 saves in keeping his undefeated streak against the Sabres alive, by improving to 9-0-0 all time. Since the 2004/05 lockout Ottawa, for whatever reason, has played well against Buffalo, as they now sport an impressive 26-8-4 record since that time. “I don’t know what it is, to be honest,” said Alfredsson, who became the 75th player to hit a thousand career points. “We respect (the Sabres) tremendously, and they are always tough to play against. I think because we respect them so much, we do well.” Ottawa, who came into Buffalo having lost four straight on the road, got their other goal from Ryan Shannon. Ottawa earned this win without first line forward, Jason Spezza, who was missing due to a lingering groin injury. Meanwhile, replying for the Sabres was Tim Connolly, who scored both goals.

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