Sabres fall in Washington, 6-1 to Capitals

November 01, 2019 - 7:11 pm
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The Buffalo Sabres lost 6-1 on Friday night at the sticks of the Washington Capitals, and were felled primarily by a crushing 4:27 span in the first period in which they allowed four goals inside Capital One Arena.

The loss dropped the Sabres' record to 9-3-2 through 14 games in 2019-20, and paired with their shootout loss to Arizona on Monday, tonight's defeat marked the first time this season that Buffalo dropped consecutive decisions.

It was all Capitals early and often in this one. The scoring started just over six-minutes into the opening period, and did not stop until there were four goals past Linus Ullmark and the Sabres' defense.

Washington forward Jakub Vrana got the party started in breakaway fashion. Vrana beat Ullmark five-hole as he was sprung free by Tom Wilson to make the score 1-0. The home side doubled the fun just 42-seconds later as it was forward Chandler Stephenson cashing in on a golden opportunity.

Stephenson met Ullmark with company as the Capitals broke out with a 4-on-1 opportunity, and all that was left to do was play tic-tac-toe in the Sabres' end for the team's second goal in less than a minute.

Two-and-a-half minutes after Stephenson's tally, it was Vrana striking again for his second of the night to swell the Buffalo deficit to three. Then, shortly after the midway marker of the first stanza, Washington racked up their fourth goal in rapid succession as forward Brendan Leipsic did the damage with his first goal of the season.

The Capitals ended up doing all their damage in a 4:27 span, from the 6:17-to-10:44 mark of the first period inside Capital One Arena.

Ullmark ended up allowing four goals on just 11 shots in the opening 20-minutes of play. Capitals netminder Braden Holtby stopped all 16 shots sent his way.

The second period had much less action in comparison to the first. Buffalo was able to keep Washington at bay after their raucous four-goal opening frame, and with more than half the period gone the Sabres finally scratched the scoreboard. The blue and gold were the beneficiaries of some puck luck, as defenseman Henri Jokiharju's shot was knocked in off a Capitals defenseman in front.

Though it wasn't pretty, it was still Jokiharju's first career goal in the NHL. Rasmus Dahlin recorded his 10th assist of the campaign on the goal that made it 4-1 in D.C.

Washington would then extend their lead back to four goals, at 5-1, with just over three-minutes left in the middle stanza. After a failed clearing attempt by Buffalo, Tom Wilson connected on his fifth goal of the campaign with help from defenseman Michal Kempny, who kept the puck in the zone.

The Capitals kept pouring it on with 6:17 left in the third, after a bit of a lull in play from both sides. Seconds after Washington killed off a tripping penalty from defenseman Dmitry Orlov, T.J. Oshie found the twine behind Ullmark for the veteran forward's eighth goal of the season. With the goal, the Capitals had now scored in each period of play inside their home building. Kempny racked up yet another assist on the goal; his third of the night for the men in red sweaters.

That goal proved to be the last of its kind on this night, as the final score stood at 6-1 Washington.

GAME SUMMARY


Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: NONE
WSH: 6:17 - Jakub Vrana (5) (Tom Wilson); 6:59 - Chandler Stephenson (2) (Travis Boyd, Brendan Leipsic); 9:29 - Jakub Vrana (6) (Michal Kempny, Tom Wilson); 10:44 - Brendan Leipsic (Travis Boyd, Radko Gudas)

Second Period:

BUF: 10:40 - Henri Jokiharju (1) (Rasmus Dahlin)
WSH: 16:53 - Tom Wilson (5) (Michal Kempny)

Third Period:

BUF: NONE
WSH: 13:43 - T.J. Oshie (Michal Kempny, Alex Ovechkin)

Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: NONE
WSH: 2:42 - Dmitry Orlov (Elbowing - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: NONE
WSH: NONE

Third Period:

BUF: 18:24 - Johan Larsson (Slashing - 2 min.)
WSH: 11:10 - Dmitry Orlov (Tripping - 2 min.)


Shots on Goal:

BUF: 30 (16, 9, 5)
WSH: 34 (11, 8, 15)


Goalies:

BUF: Linus Ullmark - 28 saves
WSH: Braden Holtby - 29 saves


Power Plays:

BUF: 0 for 2 (0%)
WSH: 0 for 1 (0%)


Three Stars:

1.) Jakub Vrana - WSH

2.) Tom Wilson - WSH

3.) Brendan Leipsic - WSH


What's Next:

The blue and gold come back home for a matchup with the New York Islanders tomorrow night inside KeyBank Center. It will be "70's Night" for the Buffalo Sabres as part of the promotional celebrations for the team's 50th season in the National Hockey League. Puck drop is set for just after 7:00 p.m., the Paul William Beltz Pre-Game Show starts at 6:00 with Brian Koziol from (716) Food and Sport on WGR Sports Radio 550.

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