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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 Verizon Center.

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 win.

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 28 shots.

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 stick-side.

"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 a comeback.

"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."

Game Notes

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

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