NHL Game Summary - Washington at Buffalo |
(Wednesday, October 26th)
Final Score: Washington 3, Buffalo 2
Rochester, NY (Sports Network) - Jaime Heward scored the go-ahead goal early
in the third period and Petr Sykora had a goal and an assist as the Washington
Capitals defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, at Blue Cross Arena.
Olaf Kolzig made 15 saves, Jeff Friesen scored his first goal of the season
and Steve Eminger tallied two assists for the Capitals, who won for the first
time on the road this season and snapped a two-game losing streak.
Ales Kotalik and Jochen Hecht scored goals and Ryan Miller stopped 25 of 28
shots for Buffalo, which had won each of its first four games at home and had
a two-game winning streak halted. The Sabres were playing at the home of their
Buffalo tied the game at 2-2 just 1:18 into the third period after Hecht, who
was camped in the left circle, took a pass from Chris Drury and unleashed a
wrist shot that beat Kolzig glove side.
Washington regained the lead just over three minutes later while on a two-man
advantage. Heward gathered a pass from Bryan Muir in the left circle and
blasted a slap shot that cleanly beat Miller glove-side high for the 3-2 lead.
The Sabres pulled Miller for an extra attacker with under a minute left in the
game and generated a couple of scoring chances, but each was turned away by
Buffalo got on the scoreboard with 5:22 left in the first period while on the
power play after Kotalik blasted a slap shot from the blue line that beat
Kolzig stick side for the 1-0 lead.
Washington got the equalizer 22 seconds later after it won the ensuing faceoff
and raced into the Sabres' zone. Friesen, who was centering a three-on-two
rush, fanned on a pass to his left winger but recovered the loose puck in the
slot and fired a wrist shot that beat Miller glove-side low.
The Capitals took their first lead of the game early in the second period
after Sykora grabbed a rebound at the right post and stuffed into the open
net. Matt Pettinger jumped off the bench to catch Buffalo in a line change,
gained the offensive zone and took a shot from the left circle. Miller made
the initial save but the rebound came right to Sykora for the 2-1 lead.
The Caps have given up the second-most goals in the league this season
(41)...The Capitals held the opposition under 40 shots for the first time in
five games...The Capitals were 1-for-7 on the power play after going 0-for-21
in their previous five games...Miller has six wins this season, leaving him
one shy of becoming the first rookie goalie to win seven games in the month of
October since Ed Belfour was 7-3-0 for Chicago in 1990...The Sabres won all
four meetings against Washington in 2003-04, outscoring the Caps 21-4...Daniel
Briere had a four-game goal scoring streak snapped for Buffalo...It was the
first neutral site game for the Caps in more than 11 years. They lost 7-5 to
the New York Rangers in Halifax, Nova Scotia on March 9, 1994.
10/26 22:26:30 ET