Thomas Vanek netted his second goal of the game exactly four minutes into overtime as the Buffalo Sabres recorded their first home win of the season with a 3-2 triumph over the Washington Capitals on Saturday.
Defenseman Steve Montador also tallied and Jordan Leopold notched three assists for Buffalo (6-9-3), which improved to 1-6-1 at HSBC Arena this season. Entering the game, the Sabres were outscored 25-13 at home.
Ryan Miller returned to the ice for the first time since Oct. 29 and turned aside 23 shots to improve his record to 4-5-2 on the season. The defending Vezina Trophy winner was sidelined with a knee injury.
Vanek faked a forehand shot in overtime before backhanding the puck past rookie Braden Holtby for his sixth goal of the season to end the game.
Nicklas Backstrom scored and defenseman Karl Alzner netted his first goal of the season for Southeast Division-leading Washington (12-4-1), which saw its six-game winning streak come to an end.
Holtby turned aside 24 shots to suffer his first loss of the season. The 21-year-old Saskatchewan native fell to 2-0-1 on the season.