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Monday, March 16, 2015

BUFFALO — The Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center tonight in a shootout.

Tied at 3 following a 5-minute overtime, Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the sole goal in the shootout. Kuznetsov also scored a regulation goal in the third period.

The Sabres led the game twice —  following a power play goal by Tyler Ennis at 5:02 of the first period and following a Cody Hodgson goal at 10:08 of the first. In between, Curtis Glencross tied it for the Caps at 9:23.

In the second period, Mike Green tied it for Washington again at 6:09. The Kuznetsov put Washington up 3-2 at 5:55 of the third before Johan Larsson tied it for the Sabres at 13:50, forcing the overtime and eventual shootout.

Buffalo (19-43-7) has lost seven straight games. They next play in Boston on Tuesday.


  • The shootout loss drops the Sabres to 7-5 in shootouts this season (64-51 all-time).
  • After scoring the first goal tonight, the Sabres have now scored first in 10 of their last 12 contests.
  • Johan Larsson logged a career-high 23:10 tonight. His previous career high was 18:51 on Dec. 23, 2013 vs. PHX. His goal tonight gives him five points (3+2) in his last four games.
  • With his goal, Tyler Ennis now has 12 points (3+9) in his last 12 games against the Capitals. Ennis has five points (3+2) in his last five games.
  • After logging a career-high 28:36 of ice time on Saturday vs. NYR, Rasmus Ristolainen recorded a team-high 28:11 tonight.
  • Cody Hodgson tied a career high with seven shots on goal (last time: March 5, 2013 at CAR).
  • Anders Lindback stopped 35 of 38 Capitals shots tonight. In six games since joining the Sabres on Feb. 11, Lindback has recorded a .924 save percentage and a 2.70 goals-against average.

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