Capitals Come Back, Burned By Buffalo, 5-4 (OT); Ovechkin Nets Two Goals

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The Washington Capitals were beaten the Buffalo Sabres by a score of 5-4 in overtime on Tuesday night and are now tied with the New York Rangers (who have a game in hand) for third place in the Metropolitan Division and one point back of the New Jersey Devils (three) for second.

Washington’s point streak extended to eight (6-0-2) with the overtime loss. Goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 24 saves in the defeat.

Capitals’ Lines vs. Buffalo

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Conor Sheary
Sonny Milano — Dylan Strome — Anthony Mantha
Marcus Johansson — Lars Eller — T.J. Oshie
Aliaksei Protas — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway

Erik Gustafsson — Trevor Van Riemsdyk
Dmitry Orlov — Nick Jensen
Martin Fehervary — Matt Irwin

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: LW Joe Snively, RW Nicolas Aube-Kubel, D Alexander Alexeyev

Injured: D John Carlson (upper-body, missed fourth straight game, out indefinitely); RW Connor Brown (ACL, 36th, indefinite); LW Carl Hagelin (hip, 40th, indefinite); RW Tom Wilson (ACL, 40th, indefinite); C Nicklas Backstrom (hip, 40th, indefinite)

Snively came back with Oshie, who missed the last six games with an upper-body injury, returning.

Buffalo’s Lines

Jeff Skinner — Tage Thompson — Alex Tuch
Jack Quinn — Dylan Cozens — J.J. Peterka
Casey Mittlestadt — Tyson Jost — Victor Olofsson
Zemgus Girgensons — Peyton Krebs — Kyle Okposo

Mattias Samuelsson — Rasmus Dahlin
Owen Power — Kale Clague
Ilya Lybushkin — Jacob Bryson

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen
Craig Anderson

Scratched: RW Vinnie Hinostroza, LW Rasmus Asplund, D Casey Fitzgerald

Injured: G Eric Comrie (knee, 19th, week-to-week)

First Period


10:48, 1-0 Buffalo: Tuch wristed one past the blocker in front after Thompson beat Orlov to the loose puck, spun around with Jensen on his back, and fed him wide open.

12:07, 1-1: Milano picked up a loose puck at center, sped in, and backhanded a shot top corner after Mantha intercepted a pass at the defensive blueline and chipped it ahead.

17:29, 2-1 Buffalo (PPG): Thompson bombed one past the blocker of Kuemper from the top of the left dot after Dahlin fed him at the top.

Shots: 11-8 Buffalo

Other Notable Stats: Washington won 83% of the draws and led 18-10 in hits in addition to 6-1 in blocked shots. Buffalo had two giveaways while Washington was on the board for six.

Second Period


5:50, 3-1: After Tuch fell on his knees down low, he got back up and fed Thompson with a no-look backhand pass and Thompson wristed one top left corner from the slot.

16:46, 3-2: Ovechkin wristed a shot over the glove after Kuznetsov won a draw cleanly for his 807th carer goal. The 37-year-old has five goals over a three-game goal-scoring streak and seven over his last five. Luukonen became the 167th goalie Ovechkin has ever scored on. Kuznetsov extended his point-streak to six games (two goals, nine points) with his team-leading 28th helper of the campaign.

Shots: 19-17 Washington (including 11-6 in the second)

Other Notable Stats: Washington won 71% of the draws and did not score on their lone power play through 40 minutes. They also led 29-13 in hits and 10-6 in blocked shots.

Third Period


0:55, 3-3: Dowd pounced on the rebound in front after Milano, who earned his fourth multi-point game this season, sped into the offensive zone and threw the puck at the net from the left corner. Dowd has reached the 10-goal mark for the third consecutive season time in his career and is one goal shy of tying his single-season career high (2020-21: 11g).

7:10, 4-3 Washington: Ovechkin sneaked to the net front and one-timed a shot past the blocker of Luukonen after getting a feed from Sheary, who stripped the puck from Dahlin behind the cage.

11:22, 4-4: Mittlestadt wristed one that bounced past the pad of Kuemper and in from the right dot after deking and getting a pass from Power up high. Jost got a touch on the puck on the way in.

Shots: 30-27 Washington (including 11-10 in third)

Other Notable Stats: Washington, who led 39-21 in hits and 15-10 in blocked shots, won 69% of the faceoffs. Buffalo had just eight takeaways while Washington earned 12.



3:00, 5-4 Buffalo: Thompson picked up a loose puck at the side of the net after a turnover by Eller and Tuch bounced it off to him. Thompson buried it for the hat trick and his 30th goal of the season.

Shots: 32-29 Washington (2-2 in overtime)

Next game: Thursday vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (7 PM ET, ESPN)

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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11 Responses to Capitals Come Back, Burned By Buffalo, 5-4 (OT); Ovechkin Nets Two Goals

  1. Pepê says:

    Tuch is a diver.

    • KimRB says:

      I was making a diving motion when he got “tripped” for the second penalty. Big, strong guy like that, and he falls like a redwood tree, when barely touched

  2. Anonymous says:

    They can’t trade Eller soon enough. Good grief he is awful!

    • KimRB says:

      He’s a tradeable commodity, and could fetch a quality asset in return, based mostly on his outstanding 2018 playoffs. He also is scoring at about his career average, thus he hasn’t lost anything offensively, and it’s pretty well known what the buyer would be getting.
      I don’t think it’ll happen though. With 5 veteran centers, Kuz, Backy, Strome, Eller and Dowd, someone would get moved to wing. Probably Strome, like Laughlin said.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Protas just 8 mins, a -3. Gotta think he gets sent down for NB19 return.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Gotta think Protas is the odd man out for next player return. Love the kid, but he’s waivers-exempt.

    • KimRB says:

      Protas is still a work in progress, which is why people (myself included) shouldn’t have been so impressed with his pre-season. Big guys, for example Tage Thompson, can take longer to find their games, and learn to use those big bodies to maximum effectiveness.
      But I agree, he should go to Hershey. Get some quality minutes, maybe playing with Lapierre.

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  6. KimRB says:

    Off topic, but go USA, and Ryan Chesley. Game time for the semifinal match against Canada is 6:30 ET today

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