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Post-Game Report: 2/19 vs. Washington

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
 Capitals
(34-18-7)
0 2 1 3 30
Sabres
(17-32-11)
0 0 2 2 34

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With his goal, Kyle Okposo now has seven points (4+3) in his last seven games against the Capitals. Okposo also has 15 points (3+12) in his last 16 home games.
  • With his assist on the Okposo goal, Scott Wilson now has five points (3+2) in his last six games.
  • Evan Rodrigues, who also assisted on the goal, now has six points (2+4) in his last seven games.
  • Evander Kane scored a goal with an extra attacker on the ice. The Sabres are now tied for the league lead with six goals during 6-on-5 play this season.
  • With their assists on Evander Kane’s goal, Ryan O’Reilly now has 19 points (9+10) in his last 19 games and Sam Reinhart has 17 points (6+11) in his last 16 games.

 

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Capitals Grubauer W .941 2.00
Sabres Johnson L .931 2.06

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Capitals Grubauer 6-7-3 .916 2.62
Sabres Johnson 4-10-3 .890 3.41

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz

Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin

Capitals forward T.J. Oshie

Capitals defenseman John Carlson

Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer

Post-Game Report: 12/28 vs. WSH

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Capitals
(27-6-2)
0 2 0 2 26
Sabres
(15-17-4)
0 0 0 0 31

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With the loss, the Sabres fell to 6-11-1 when outshooting their opponents this season.
  • The Sabres were shut out for the third time this season. It was the first time the team has been shut out by the Capitals since a 2-0 loss on Nov. 25, 2009 (Semyon Varlamov).
  • Tonight’s game was the first Sabres-Capitals game at First Niagara Center to be settled in regulation since Dec. 26, 2011 (4-2 Sabres win).
  • The Capitals have now won three straight road games against the Sabres for the first time in franchise history.
  • Tonight’s game was the first of a home-and-home series that will continue on Wednesday, Dec. 30 in Washington. The Sabres will look to avoid being swept for the first time in the franchise’s eight home-and-home series against the Capitals.

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Tyler Ennis

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges

Sabres defenseman Cody Franson

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz

Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin

Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner

Capitals defenseman Connor Carrick

Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby

Post-Game Report: 1/28 vs. WSH

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Total SOG
Capitals
(24-21-8)
2 2 0 1 5 35
Sabres
(14-30-8)
1 2 1 0 4 27

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With an overtime loss tonight, the Sabres have points in five straight home games against the Capitals for the first time since March 31, 1991 to Jan. 27, 1994 (5-0-1).
  • Phil Varone scored his first NHL goal in the second period. Varone got his first point in his NHL debut on Jan. 23 vs. CAR.
  • Cody Hodgson (6 multi-point games), Matt Moulson (6), and Tyler Ennis (5) each recorded two points tonight.
  • Hodgson scored two goals, registering his sixth career two-goal game (last: Nov. 12, 2013 vs. LAK). He has 10 points (6+4) in nine games since returning from an upper-body injury that sidelined him for eight games.
  • Ennis now has 10 points (2+8) in his last seven games against the Capitals.
  • With his goal tonight, Christian Ehrhoff has points (2+2) in each of his last four games against Washington.

Post-Game Audio

Sabres interim head coach Ted Nolan

Sabres forward Philip Varone

Sabres forward Cody Hodgson

Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth

Capitals head coach Adam Oates

Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin

Capitals defenseman Mike Green

Capital goaltender Braden Holtby

Post-Game Report: 12/29 vs. WSH

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Total SOG
Capitals
(20-14-5)
0 0 1 0 0 1 50
Sabres
(11-24-4)
0 1 0 0 1 2 17

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Ryan Miller made a career-high 49 saves, improving to 3-0-0 in games in which he faced 50 or more shots. The others were Nov. 5, 2013 at SJS and Jan. 8, 2010 vs. TOR.
  • The Sabres overcame a 33-shot deficit in the win, the largest such deficit in a win in franchise history. The previous record was 31, in a 7-5 win at BOS on March 21, 1971.
  • With the win, the Sabres have now won four consecutive home games for the first time since they won five in a row from Feb. 19 to March 12, 2012.
  • With a 5-0-1 record in the last six home games, the Sabres have points in six straight at home for the first time since they went 7-0-2 from Feb. 17 to March 24, 2012.
  • Miller has now backstopped the Sabres to points in five straight starts (4-0-1) for the first time since he went 8-0-2 from March 7 to March 27, 2012.
  • Miller is now 48-28 all-time in shootouts (including a 26-13 mark at home), holding the NHL record for most career shootout victories.

Post-Game Audio

Sabres interim head coach Ted Nolan

Sabres forward Drew Stafford

Sabres forward Steve Ott

Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller

Capitals head coach Adam Oates

Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin

Capitals forward Troy Brouwer

Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom

Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer

Post-Game Report: 3/30 vs. WSH

Top Notes

  • Ville Leino scored his first two goals of the season. Leino now has six points (2+4) in eight games since returning from an injury that sidelined him for the first 27 games of the season.
  • Christian Ehrhoff, appearing in his 600th NHL game, scored his fourth goal of the season. Ehrhoff now has five points (2+3) in his last five games.
  • Tyler Ennis recorded an assist on the second Buffalo goal; he now has eight points (2+6) in his last seven games.
  • Andrej Sekera also recorded an assist on the second Buffalo goal; he has six points (1+5) in his last six games.
  • The Sabres now have points in five straight home games (3-0-2).

Top Quotes

Buffalo forward Steve Ott:

On the tough loss: “It’s a tough one, obviously. They score a goal with 39 seconds left in the third and all the guys responsible on the ice – myself included – we tried to get in the lane to block the shot and it obviously got by me and it hit the post and goes in. We obviously lose the game and it was a hard one to loose because of how tight we were all night.”

On starting off well with urgency and being fast pace: “You know, the urgency was there. Ville had a couple huge goals. [Christian Ehrhoff ] started us off in the first period, I thought we were obviously on them, giving up a short-handed one stinks. You give up one of those and that’s obviously a big no-no. We had a chance to win the game right to the end, the issue is we didn’t close out the game, plain and simple. You have to win those ones.”

On the power play working again: “Any time you get the chance to go up 3-1 in the game that’s huge. We haven’t had that very much this season to kind of get that insurance goal, to give us a cushion I guess you can say. Getting that was huge but obviously that short-handed one put them right back in it and we didn’t get the job done six-on-five and that’s a difference in the game.”

Buffalo forward Ville Leino:

On the short-handed goal turning the momentum around: “It’s disappointing. That is a big goal to give up and after that they were fired up and wanted to win the game and that’s just things that shouldn’t happen.”

On wanting to put out a good performance after being benched Thursday: “Obviously I wanted to come back and it’s not fun you want to be at your best when the game is on the line and playoffs are on the line, you should go out there and enjoy it, not be nervous or anything.”

On the team being aggressive at the beginning of the game: “I think we have to stay aggressive. We start games aggressive and some games we do really well and we just have to keep going 60 minutes, it is not enough to do 40 or 20 minutes, we have to go all game and stay aggressive.”

Buffalo defenseman Robyn Regehr:

On Washington’s power play unit: “Washington, I think, is in the top three in power play in the league so you don’t want to give those units the opportunities. I forget how many penalties we took tonight – I think four or five – and that’s too many, but when we do take a penalty we have to get the job done. Those are big swings in the long term, when you can kill off a penalty.”

On Enroth being the best penalty killer for the team: “I think he was the best player for us by far. He played a great game and he gave us a chance to win. We should have won that game – unfortunately it came down to special teams.”

Washington goaltender Braden Holtby:

On the Rangers’ loss helping out the Capitals in the standings: “I didn’t know they lost actually so that’s big. But our focus is on our games so we will let the other guys sort themselves out, so we know if we win a certain amount of games that we give ourselves a good opportunity to make it to the playoffs so that’s our goal.”

On coming back from a two goal deficit to win in the shootout: “It’s a credit to our guys for sticking with it, Greenie [Mike Green] came up with a huge goal and that’s what the leaders on your team and he did a great job of that.”

On their playoff chances and getting help from teams close in the standings: “I said earlier, we are not trying to pay attention to the other guys too much. There are so many guys in the race right now that just let them sort it out. Our job is, we want to win a certain amount of games to be in that playoff picture in the end. Whether it is 10-5 or 11-4 who knows but we know what exactly we have to win, guys get hot and that will give us the best shot.”

Washington forward Alex Ovechkin:

On the Capitals ability to win after falling behind: “Unfortunately we didn’t have a good start but we still had chances and I think I can get two goals in the first. They just use what they have, it’s kind of frustrating when they have one shot on goal and it goes on and they have two shots on goal and it goes in. We know that the third period was going to be the biggest period of the year and the guys handled it with the goal, short-handed by Browsy [Troy Brouwer] and dumped it in and we get in position and we get rewarded.”

On his own play: “Again, I think I can score almost every shot tonight especially when I scored on the power play and we have four-on-four, why it gives me almost a 100% chance to score and I just shoot it and like I said, almost an empty corner of the net and I just missed it, it might be a tie game.”

Washington defenseman Mike Green:

On the third period: “That’s it right there is character, you know we had a big goal by Troy [Brouwer] early in the third and that gave us the momentum to go on and believe that we could do it and it was just a matter of getting it done.”

On whether the one shot, which he missed felt different from the shot where he scored from the same position: “No, almost exact same spot on the ice and shot. The first one, I seen the whole way, it hit the post and went out and I went back to the bench and said to myself I wish I would have hit the back of the net.”

On the Capitals chance to improve to .500 on the road and overall tomorrow: “It is a huge trip for us. We have been playing well on the road lately and we need to continue that. It’s harder to win on the road and these points are huge for us.”