Capitals Edge Sabres 4-3 (SO); Alex Ovechkin Extends Goal and Point Streaks

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The Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 (SO) Saturday night at Capital One Arena. The win improves the Capitals record to 20-9-3 (43 points). The Capitals are now off until Wednesday when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is 8:00PM. 

The Capitals would give up the first goal of the game but respond with scores from Brett Connolly and Jakub Vrana for a 2-1 lead at the first intermission. The Sabres would score two power play goals in the middle frame to retake the lead before Alex Ovechkin would score for a 3-3 tie at the end of two periods. After a scoreless third period,

Pheonix Copley (6-2-1, 2.95 GAA, .902 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Capitals. Carter Hutton (13-8-1, 2.53 GAA, .919 sv%) started in goal for the visiting Sabres. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:


Scratches: Andre Burakovsky, Dmitrij Jaskin and Tyler Lewington. The Capitals recalled Lewington earlier in the day.

The Sabres would strike first with a goal from Jack Eichel at 2:41 of the first period.

But the Caps would strike back. Brett Connolly would pot his seventh goal of the season at 3:39 for the 1-1 tie. Devante Smith-Pelly would make a nice play below the goal line, and find Brett Connolly camping on the doorstep for the easy finish. Devante Smith-Pelly was credited with the lone assist.

The Capitals would stretch their lead to 2-1 with a goal from Jakub Vrana at 8:41 of the opening frame. Evgeny Kuznetsov was credited with the lone assist. The goal was Vrana’s 10th of the season.

Vrana isolation on the goal:

The period would end with the Capitals holding on to a 2-1 lead. The Caps outshot the Sabres 10-8 for the first 20 minutes. The Capitals out-attempted the Sabres 19-16 for the first period.

The Sabres would tie the game early in the middle frame with a power play goal from Jack Eichel, his second of the game, at 2:25 of the second period. Eichel would split Nic Dowd and Dmitri Orlov for the close range snipe.

The Sabres would retake the lead with a power play goal from Rasmus Dahlin at 7:21 of the second period, giving the Sabres a 3-2 lead.

The Capitals would tie the game with a blistering rocket from Alex Ovechkin at 13:46 of the second period. Nicklas Backstrom and Dmitry Orlov were credited with the helpers.

The period would end with the game tied 3-3. The Capitals outshot the Sabres 15-9 in the middle frame, and 25-17 after two periods. The Sabres were 2 for 3 and the Capitals 0 for 3 on the power play after 40 minutes of play.

The Capitals and Sabres remained tied 3-3 at the end of regulation. The Capitals outshot the Sabres 10-4 in the final frame.

The overtime would also go scoreless. The Capitals would win it in the shootout with scores from Kuznetsov and Ovechkin.


  • The Capitals outshot the Sabres 38-28.
  • The Capitals won the battle at the dot 53-47%.
  • Alex Ovechkin’s six game goal streak is one shy of matching his career high streak set as a rookie in 2005-06 (Feb. 10 – March 8, 2006: 8 goals in 7 games).
  • He has recorded a point in 14 straight games (17g, 6a), the longest point streak of his career (previously 13 games, Dec. 30, 2006 through Feb. 1, 2007, 20 points).
  • The NHL box score is here.


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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7 Responses to Capitals Edge Sabres 4-3 (SO); Alex Ovechkin Extends Goal and Point Streaks

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    The Caps win today despite especially bad PK, as in “IF (CapsPenalty) OpposingGoal++;” bad and an ineffective power play. (For those not familiar with the C programming language or C++ or Java or Javascript, penalty kill means automatic goal for opposition.) If not for special teams today, the score would have been 3-0. Yes, really. This was a game they won in a shootout which they should have won in regulation. I’ll take the win anyhow. But time for Caps to work on special teams, especially PK which was especially bad this weekend.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Give Lewie a shot… get Burky back on track and bench ND

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