Capitals Beat Buffalo Sabres 3-2

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I think it’s a miracle that Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo is a coherent sentence in English. Regardless of your feelings on syntax, the Buffalo Sabres and a recently healthy Jack Eichel stopped by Verizon Center, along with a minor sinkhole. Jon Sorenson has your pregame analysis.

Zemgus Girgensons opened the scoring in the first with a 2-on-1 break off a turnover.

The Capitals finally got on the board in the 2nd period when recently anointed power play man Jay Beagle set up for a deflection.

Johan Larsson would put one away soon after, only for Barry Trotz to overturn it with a coaches challenge for off sides. But it didn’t jump start the Caps, as Kyle Okposo jumped on a juicy rebound.

 

Marcus Johansson provided some power play **witchcraft** and it was all tied up at 2 with 6 minutes left to play in the 3rd.

 

Over time was decided on MoJo’s 2nd of the night. Caps win 3-2!

 

Some notes and thoughts on this one:

  • The Caps conceded the first goal of the game for the 4th  consecutive game. This can’t last forever, but the complacency the Caps exhibit during opening frames is aggravating. Typically the Capitals strike first and then the complacency sets in. You learn something new every game.
  • Jakub Vrana and Paul Carey looked solid in this one. It might be time to give a few other Bears a shot in the line up to add an infusion of speed since the Capitals team identity is a bit of an enigma.
  • The Caps looked scared to shoot the puck until the 3rd period when they decided to fire everything. By then it was too late, but the only way to get out of a scoring drought is to just keep shooting (swimming??) and eventually one or more will go in.
  • The Capitals FINALLY converted on the power play, albeit against the Sabres abysmal penalty killing, going 1 for 3. Sometimes that’s the easiest way to jumpstart.
  • Our boy Michael Marzzacco had his tweet about Nathan Walker referenced at the start of the 3rd by Joe Beninati. Dope.
  • This kids celly captures my feelings about the Caps getting a win after a 3 game losing streak.

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To be frank, this game was about as miserable as the Sabres old Buffaslug jerseys until the last 10 minutes. It also kept me from enjoying the Westworld finale I DVR’d. I’m happy the skid is over, but I’m not pleased about the lack of effort until the final 10 minutes. That needs to change when the Caps face Boston on Wednesday.

By Julia Karron

SCENES FROM VERIZON CENTER

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