NHL Game Summary - Washington at Buffalo
(Tuesday, December 26th)
Final Score: Buffalo 6, Washington 3
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Chris Drury had two goals and a pair of assists as the Buffalo Sabres stormed out of the gates and held on to drop the Washington Capitals, 6-3, at HSBC Arena.
Ales Kotalik donated a goal and two assists while Ryan Miller turned away 23 shots for the Sabres, who have won two of their last three contests.
Kris Beech, Alexander Ovechkin and Chris Clark all scored for Washington, which has dropped three of four. Brent Johnson allowed four goals on six shots before being replaced by Olaf Kolzig, who fared much better and made 31 stops.
Buffalo jumped all over the Capitals, netting six goals in the first 11 minutes of the game.
Brian Campbell opened up the scoring 1:51 into the first on an assist by Derek Roy, then Drury followed up with his 18th and 19th goals of the campaign to give Buffalo a 3-0 lead.
Just 15 ticks after Drury's second marker, Kotalik lit the lamp to make it a four-goal game with just 7 1/2 minutes of game time elapsed.
Maxim Afinogenov scored a power-play goal with 10:30 to play, and Thomas Vanek capped the ferocious start with his 19th tally of the season.
"We were extremely motivated," Drury said.
The Capitals finally countered with 1:30 left in the first on a Beech marker to make it 6-1 through a period of play.
Ovechkin then cut the deficit to four with a wrister from between the circles with about five minutes remaining in the second period, and a shorthanded breakaway goal by Clark early in the third made it 6-3.
"They scored six goals, big goals but if you saw the game the second and third period we started playing," Ovechkin said.
Buffalo, though, buckled down from there to preserve the win.
The six-goal first period outburst is actually not a season high for the Sabres. They scored seven goals versus Tampa in Buffalo on November 20...Buffalo was 1-for-7 on the power play, and Washington ended 0-for-4.
12/26 23:22:44 ET