“It was a lot better job with the puck,” Ruff said. “We supported it well. We played a smart, efficient game. We didn’t mismanage pucks in the neutral zone.”
Derek Roy opened the scoring at 2:09, and then Matt Ellis followed 16 seconds later, putting Senators goalie Craig Anderson on the bench after six shots.
After Sergei Gonchar’s power-play tally at 4:38, Jordan Leopold pinched in from the point, roofing a shot from the right circle past Alex Auld at 14:40.
“The start has been our focus over the last little while,” said Ellis, who hadn’t scored a regular-season goal since March 16, 2010. “We haven’t had, for a lack of a better term, the prettiest of starts here at home. That’s was something we wanted to change. We came out, we set the tone.”
Enroth made his best stop early in the second period, stoning Derek Smith with his right pad on a short-handed two-on-one.
“Jhonas has been unbelievable for us,” Ellis said. “He’s done a great job. You get that sense of confidence from him when he’s back in there. He’s done a great job coming in and stringing together some great games.”
Luke Adam and Ville Leino, with his first goal in 14 games, scored in the third period.
“It’s been waiting for a while,” said Leino, who last tallied on opening night.
In the five post-lockout seasons, the Sabres struggled mightily against the Senators, going 10-23-3. Now, the Sabres have finally turned the tables. With their second win in a week, they’re 7-1 against their Northeast Division rival dating back to last season.
Roy wowed in a 3-2 victory last Saturday, scoring a goal and the shootout winner. That performance ignited a torrid stretch for the center, who extended his point streak to four games (four goals, eight points) with his one-goal, three-point performance.