Hasek blanks Senators

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1999 Playoffs

Ottawa series



Brian Holzinger scored twice and Dominik Hasek made 31 saves as the Buffalo Sabres shutout the Ottawa Senators 3-0 to take a commanding three games to none lead in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

"I got the right bounces here tonight," said Holzinger, who broke out of a scoring slump that saw him get one goal in the last 30 games of the regular season and none in the first two playoff games.

Hasek earned his fourth career playoff shutout tieing a team record. Dominator was helped by Sabres' strong defensive play and few penalties.

"For sure we played a much more disciplined game tonight," Hasek said.

Ottawa will try to become the first team to win a Stanley Cup series after losing the first three games since the New York Islanders fought back against Pittsburgh in 1975. Only one other team has done it -- the 1942 Maple Leafs over Detroit in the finals.

"Right now it's a moment of adversity, and we have to make sure we're on the same page and pull together," said Ottawa coach Jacques Martin.

A big disappointement for Ottawa has been Alexei Yashin, who was the second-highest goal-scorer in regular season, but has yet to score in playoffs.

"It's nothing new for me," Yashin said. "The puck's not going in the net. It happens sometimes."

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