OTTAWA (AP) — The first short-handed goal of Erik Karlsson's career gave Craig Anderson all the support he needed against Ryan Miller and the Sabres.
Karlsson and Erik Condra scored goals less than two minutes apart in the second period and Anderson made 42 saves as the Ottawa Senators defeated Buffalo 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Anderson, who picked up his second shutout of the season, was especially sharp in the third period with the Sabres pressing for the tie as the Senators snapped a mini two-game slide.
Scoreless after the first period, the Senators had a number of great chances in the second but couldn't beat Miller until Karlsson moved in shorthanded and blasted a shot just over the Buffalo goalie's left pad at 15:20.
Karlsson, last season's Norris Trophy winner as the league's top defenseman, says he always looks to go on the attack while killing a penalty.
"I think when you're one man short you can even create some momentum there," said Karlsson following his sixth goal of the season. "It's going to be good for the team if you see an opportunity once in a while."
Miller made 29 saves in taking the loss for Buffalo.
"It's tough to give up a short-handed goal," Miller said. "I think we had two guys over backcheck and left the high guy ... I want to make a save for the boys at some point there (but then) it turns into a game where they can keep everything to the outside."