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NHL Game Summary - Washington at Buffalo

(Thursday, November 17th)

Final Score: Buffalo 8, Washington 5

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Taylor Pyatt recorded the second hat trick of his career and Brian Campbell added two goals as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Washington Capitals, 8-5, at HSBC Arena.

Ales Kotalik and Dmitri Kalinin also tallied goals and Martin Biron made 34 saves for the Sabres, who have won two straight and three out of their last four games. Tim Connolly added a goal and two assists for Buffalo.

Alexander Ovechkin and Chris Clark had a goal and an assist each and Brent Johnson stopped 19 of 27 shots for the Capitals, who have lost four of their last five contests.

Buffalo got on the scoreboard on its first shot of the game after Campbell beat Johnson with a wrist shot for a 1-0 lead. Campbell stole the puck as Washington tried to clear, skated into the right circle and wristed a shot through Johnson's five-hole just 37 seconds into the contest.

The Capitals netted the equalizer less than five minutes later after Clark batted a rebound past Biron. Washington won a face-off and pushed the puck back to Jamie Heward at the right point. Heward unleashed a slap shot that hit Biron in the chest. But Biron couldn't control the rebound, it fell to his feet and Clark swatted it into the back of the net with a backhand.

The Sabres regained the lead while on the power play with 5:24 remaining in the first period after Kotalik blasted a slap shot from the top of the left circle that beat Johnson low to the stick side for a 2-1 lead.

Less than 90 seconds later, Buffalo extended its lead to 3-1 after Pyatt beat Johnson stick side top shelf with a slap shot from the high slot. Adam Mair intercepted an around-the-boards clearing attempt behind the Caps net and shoveled a pass to Pyatt in the slot for his first tally of the season.

Buffalo made it 4-1 with just 30 seconds left in the first period after Pyatt beat Johnson on a breakaway. He deked to his right before he slid a backhand shot past Johnson for his second tally of the game.

The Sabres continued to dominate after Kalinin scored 3:16 into the second period to up their lead to 5-1. Jochen Hecht sent a cross-ice pass to Kalinin in the left circle and he beat Johnson short side for the score.

Buffalo made it 6-1 midway through the second period after Campbell blasted a slap shot from the high slot near the blue line that beat Johnson, who was screened on the play, to his stick side.

Washington began to chip away at Buffalo's lead after Andrew Cassells converted to make it 6-2. Clark threw a shot on goal that hit a scrum in front and Cassells poked it home for the goal.

The Capitals cut Buffalo's lead in half after Brian Sutherby ripped a wrist shot from the left circle past Biron for a shorthanded goal to make it 6-3. The Sabres were on a seven-minute power-play, which was eventually killed off by the Caps, when Sutherby scored the first shorthanded goal of his career.

The Capitals moved to within 6-4 with 55 seconds remaining in the second period after Ovechkin blasted a slap shot from the top of the left circle that beat Biron glove-side top shelf.

Pyatt finished off his hat trick with 3:31 left in the third period after he took a pass from J.P. Dumont and beat Johnson with a wrist shot from the slot to give Buffalo a 7-4 lead.

Washington drew back within two with 3:03 left after Ben Clymer beat Biron with a wrist shot from the slot to make it 7-5.

Buffalo regained its three-goal lead late in the third period after Tim Connolly stole the puck from Johnson behind the Caps net and stuffed it into the open goal to make it 8-5.

Game Notes

The Capitals failed to record their second winning streak of the season...Ovechkin has tallied seven goals in the last six games...Caps goaltender Olaf Kolzig did not play and has missed four straight games with a leg injury...Washington fell to 1-8-0 on the road, while Buffalo improved to 7-4-0 at home...Washington defeated Buffalo, 3-2, at HSBC Arena on October 26 to snap a four-game series losing streak...Both teams recorded season highs in penalty minutes, with Washington recording 51 and Buffalo having 28.

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