Washington 5, Buffalo 4

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Washington 24-21-2-6 14-9-2-2 10-12-0-4 W2
Buffalo 14-30-4-4 9-15-3-2 5-15-1-2 L2

Recap


Capitals 5, Sabres 4 (OT): Defenseman Mike Green scored his second goal one minute into overtime and captain Alex Ovechkin tallied twice to increase his league-leading total to 38 as visiting Washington salvaged the final contest of the season series.

Ovechkin notched his second assist of the game by collecting Martin Erat's drop pass and sliding a cross-slot feed to Green, who wristed a shot inside the right post. The blue-liner netted his 100th career goal and added an assist earlier in the game.

Troy Brouwer recorded a goal and an assist while Braden Holtby turned aside 23 shots for the Capitals, who have emerged victorious in two in a row following a seven-game winless streak (0-5-2). Washington dropped a pair of 2-1 shootout decisions to Buffalo earlier this season.

Cody Hodgson scored twice, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff also tallied and Phil Varone netted his first career NHL goal. Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis each notched a pair of assists and Jhonas Enroth finished with 30 saves for the Sabres, who fell for the seventh time in eight games (1-4-3).

Washington claimed a 4-3 lead with 3:03 remaining in the second period, scoring its second power-play goal of the contest after going 1-for-32 in its previous nine games. A pretty passing sequence between Ovechkin and Erat was capped by Brouwer, who one-timed a blast from the slot past Enroth. Hodgson answered 6:48 into the third with a backhander from in close on a delayed penalty.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Ovechkin opened the scoring 3:49 into the first period as his blast from the high slot sailed past Enroth for his league-leading 14th power-play goal. The reigning Hart Trophy winner was credited with his second tally 53 seconds later as Green's shot glanced off his right pant leg. ... Erat finished with two assists. ... Sabres RW Drew Stafford sat out for the second straight game after aggravating an upper-body injury Saturday in Columbus.  

Top Game Performances

Washington   Buffalo
Alexander Ovechkin 4 Points Cody Hodgson 2
Alexander Ovechkin 2 Goals Cody Hodgson 2
Alexander Ovechkin 2 Assists Tyler Ennis 2
Alexander Ovechkin 1 Power Play Goals Cody Hodgson 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Braden Holtby .852 Save Percentage Jhonas Enroth .857
Braden Holtby 23 Saves Jhonas Enroth 30

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Washington 35 5 2-3 1-2 4 28
Buffalo 27 4 1-2 1-3 6 36

Upcoming Games

  • Buffalo will play its next game on the road against Phoenix. The Sabres have a W/L % of .143 after a win and .316 after a loss.
  • Washington will play its next game on the road against Columbus. The Capitals have a W/L % of .522 after a win and .400 after a loss.