Craig Anderson stopped 35 shots for his second shutout of the season and the Ottawa Senators beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 Tuesday night.

Brian Gibbons had a goal and an assist, and Anthony Duclair, Rudolfs Balcers and Magnus Paajarvi also scored.

The Senators won the first of a four-game homestand after going 1-2-0 on a three-game trip through Western Canada.

Buffalo Sabres left wing Jeff Skinner (53) pushes against Ottawa Senators right wing Max Veronneau (14) during second period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Buffalo Sabres left wing Jeff Skinner (53) pushes against Ottawa Senators right wing Max Veronneau (14) during second period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

Ottawa has won its last three home games and outscored those opponents 12-2.

Carter Hutton made 27 saves for Buffalo, which lost its fourth straight.

Coming off a disappointing 3-1 loss to New Jersey on Monday, the Sabres completed their three-game road trip 0-3-0. Buffalo is 1-10-1 in its last 12 and 0-11-2 in its last 13 road games.

Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7) gives Buffalo Sabres defenseman Lawrence Pilut (24) a little scrubbing during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7) gives Buffalo Sabres defenseman Lawrence Pilut (24) a little scrubbing during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

After a solid first two periods the Senators extended their lead early in the third.

Ottawa took a 3-0 lead on a Balcers power-play goal at 5:54, and less than two minutes later made it 4-0 as Paajarvi scored his 10th of the season off a great passing sequence. It’s the second time in Paajarvi’s career that he reached the 10-goal mark.

Trailing 2-0, the Sabres had a much better second period, but were unable to beat Craig Anderson.

Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (9) gets squeezed between Buffalo Sabres centre Zemgus Girgensons (28), left, and Buffalo Sabres centre Casey Mittelstadt (37) during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (9) gets squeezed between Buffalo Sabres centre Zemgus Girgensons (28), left, and Buffalo Sabres centre Casey Mittelstadt (37) during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

Buffalo’s best opportunities came on the power play, but despite some solid chances, the Sabres could not find the back of the net.

The Senators jumped out to a 2-0, first period lead on goals from Duclair and Gibbons.

Duclair scored at the 17-minute mark, taking a pass down low and beating Hutton with a backhander. With 11 seconds remaining in the period, Gibbons scored Ottawa’s second, tapping in a pass from Christian Jaros.

Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7) tries to tip the puck past Buffalo Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton (40) during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7) tries to tip the puck past Buffalo Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton (40) during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

NOTES: Ottawa was without veterans Zack Smith and Cody Ceci. Both are dealing with injuries. … Buffalo’s William Borgen made his NHL debut Tuesday.

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Sabres: Host Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

Ottawa Senators left wing Anthony Duclair (10) gets hit by Buffalo Sabres centre Johan Larsson (22) and Buffalo Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons (28) during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Ottawa Senators left wing Anthony Duclair (10) gets hit by Buffalo Sabres centre Johan Larsson (22) and Buffalo Sabres’ Zemgus Girgensons (28) during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

Senators: Host Florida Panthers on Thursday.

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Ottawa Senators left wing Brian Gibbons (17) celebrates a first period goal with teammate Ottawa Senators Oscar Lindberg (24) during first period NHL hockey action against the Buffalo Sabres in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Ottawa Senators left wing Brian Gibbons (17) celebrates a first period goal with teammate Ottawa Senators Oscar Lindberg (24) during first period NHL hockey action against the Buffalo Sabres in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton (40) moves to cover the puck during first period NHL hockey action against the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton (40) moves to cover the puck during first period NHL hockey action against the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Ottawa Senators left wing Anthony Duclair (10) celebrates a first period goal against the Buffalo Sabres during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Ottawa Senators left wing Anthony Duclair (10) celebrates a first period goal against the Buffalo Sabres during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Ottawa Senators left wing Anthony Duclair (10) tries to get the puck past Buffalo Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton (40) during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Ottawa Senators left wing Anthony Duclair (10) tries to get the puck past Buffalo Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton (40) during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)