NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Washington|
(Monday, November 26th)
Final Score: Buffalo 3, Washington 1
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Jochen Hecht scored two goals and set up
another, as the surging Sabres downed the Washington Capitals, 3-1, at the
Jason Pominville also scored for the Sabres, who have won five straight
following a three-game slide. Ryan Miller turned aside 30 shots to earn the
Alex Ovechkin had the lone tally for Washington, which lost for the first time
under interim coach Bruce Boudreau (2-1-0). Olaf Kolzig yielded three goals on
Hecht put the Sabres ahead 1-0 with 9:05 remaining in the first period when he
circled behind the goal and threw the puck into the crease. The puck pinballed
off the skate of Washington defenseman John Erskine and into the net.
Ovechkin made it a 1-1 game 49 seconds into the middle frame on a fabulous
individual effort. Ovechkin skated down on his off wing, stick-handled around
Brian Campbell at the left circle and fired a shot on goal. Miller made the
save, but Ovechkin continued to drive to the net and deposited the rebound.
Buffalo reclaimed the lead at the 8:07 mark of the second. Daniel Paille
stole the puck between the circles and quickly passed it to Hecht, who was
perched in front of Kolzig. Hecht snapped a wrister that beat Kolzig on the
"We didn't have many chances, but the chances we had, we scored on," Hecht
said. "He battled real hard to get that puck to me," Hecht stated, referring
to Paille's assist on his second goal. "All the credit goes to him."
Pominville and Hecht executed a perfect 2-on-1 break, giving the Sabres a 3-1
advantage with 8:13 remaining in the second. Hecht threaded a pass through the
legs of Erskine and Pominville buried the puck in the back of the net.
Washington pulled Kolzig in the late stages of the third, but could not mount
"We played with energy," said Boudreau. "We played as hard as (Buffalo) and as
good as them, just not as smart as them. You can't have turnovers against a
great transition team in the neutral zone, and both goals cost us."
Buffalo has won five in a row over Washington and 12 of the last 14 meetings,
outscoring the Capitals 67-34 over that span...Buffalo also has won six of its
last seven trips to Washington...Campbell extended his assist streak to three
games...Buffalo's Derek Roy had his five-game point streak broken...Washington
concludes its three-game homestand on Wednesday against Florida...Ovechkin has
11 points with eight goals and three assists during his season-high nine-game
point streak...Washington left winger Matt Pettinger was a healthy scratch for
the first time since October 2005.
11/26 23:27:21 ET