NHL Game Summary - Washington at Buffalo|
(Saturday, November 1st)
Final Score: Buffalo 5, Washington 0
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Ryan Miller stopped all 29 shots he faced in
recording his eighth career shutout and Thomas Vanek scored twice as the
Buffalo Sabres breezed past the Washington Capitals, 5-0, at HSBC Arena.
"It's always fun. It's always good to do," Miller said about the shutout."
Sometimes it doesn't mean as much for the boys as it does in a 1-0 game. They
worked as hard as they could defensively and they feel proud of it."
Jason Pominville chipped in with a goal and an assist for the Sabres, who
snapped a three-game losing skid. Derek Roy and Daniel Paille also tallied for
Jose Theodore made 22 saves for Washington, which had a brief two-game winning
streak halted. The Capitals have dropped four of their last six.
Washington was playing without star forward Alex Ovechkin, who missed his
second straight game after returning to Russia to visit his ailing
"I don?t know why this is happening, but you can definitely tell that there
were some guys not ready to play tonight, and it?s unacceptable," Capitals
head coach Bruce Boudreau said about the team's effort. "We have some great
players, but Mike Green wasn?t ready to play, and Sasha (Alexander Semin)
didn?t come to play and you can go on with some of our skilled players not
ready to commit to playing a complete game."
Vanek got the Sabres off to a quick start, tallying 1:12 into the opening
period. The left winger skated down the left wing boards and into the Caps'
defensive zone, made a shift move with a defender on him and tucked the puck
past Theodore to give the hosts the early lead.
Buffalo added a power-play goal at 13:13 of the first. Tim Connolly's blast
from the point went wide, but Pominville gathered the disc from behind the
net, got it to Roy standing well below the right circle and beat Theodore from
an extreme angle to make it a 2-0 game.
Pominville's even-strength marker off a Caps turnover with 24 seconds
remaining in the stanza gave the Sabres a comfortable three-goal lead after
Washington came out for the second with more energy and clearly outplayed the
Sabres, outshooting Buffalo by a 14-4 margin in the period, but was unable to
solve Miller and got an unlucky break at the end of the second.
Vanek picked up a loose puck at center after some sloppy play by the Caps and
worked his way to the middle of the ice. After his initial shot was blocked by
a Washington defender, Vanek's backhand flip got by Theodore with 2.9 seconds
Paille's goal off a nice pass by Patrick Kaleta on a 2-on-1 upped the Sabres
lead to 5-0 with 8:01 remaining in the third.
Washington will play at Ottawa on Tuesday night, while Buffalo visits New
Jersey on Monday...The Sabres have won 10 of 12 and 14 of their last 17 versus
the Caps...Buffalo finished 1-2 on a three-game homestand and improved to
4-2-0 as the host this season...Sabres left wing Clarke MacArthur had an
assist in the win and now has points in four straight games.
11/01 23:37:45 ET