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NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Washington

(Wednesday, November 25th)

Final Score: Washington 2, Buffalo 0

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Semyon Varlamov made 25 saves to post his first regular season shutout, as the Washington Capitals defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 2-0, at Verizon Center.

Varlamov recorded a pair of shutouts during last year's playoffs.

Alex Ovechkin pumped in his 17th goal of the season for Washington before a major penalty sent him to the locker room in the third period. Eric Fehr also scored for the Capitals, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Ryan Miller stopped 22 of the 24 shots he faced for the Sabres, who have lost four in a row.

"We didn't get a lot of bounces with the puck," said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. "There were times we did a lot of good things, but didn't get rewarded for it."

The first shot taken by the Caps wound up behind Miller. Ovechkin gained entry into the attacking zone with speed, moved to the top of the right circle and ripped a lightning-quick wrist shot that beat the Buffalo netminder on the blocker side 6:24 into the game.

Buffalo failed to capitalize on a major penalty assessed to Ovechkin in the third period. An overzealous Caps' star forward earned a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding at the 3:38 mark when he drilled the Sabres' Patrick Kaleta from behind.

"I think it was a pretty clean hit, but he fell into the boards," said Ovechkin. "It's not a bad hit, he just fell face-first into the boards."

A tripping penalty called on Buffalo captain Craig Rivet less than a minute later shortened the man advantage, during which the visitors had difficulty producing chances.

Fehr made it 2-0 when he positioned himself in the low slot and hammered Brendan Morrison's centering feed from behind the enemy cage with 6:22 remaining.

Game Notes

The Capitals improved to 8-0-3 when Ovechkin scores a goal...Washington defenseman Mike Green collected an assist on the tally by Fehr, extending his point streak to eight games (one goal, 11 assists)...Capitals defenseman Milan Jurcina returned to the lineup after a six-game absence with a lower-body injury, while forward Alexander Semin missed his fifth straight contest due to a wrist problem...Buffalo defenseman Toni Lydman appeared in his 600th NHL game...The Sabres complete a three-game road swing Friday in Philadelphia...Washington visits the Canadiens on Saturday.

11/26 01:54:36 ET

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