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.
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.
11/17 22:11:16 ET