January 22, 2022

Washington Capitals Game 44 Recap: Nobody’s perfect, Caps fall to Sabres


(Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

Vezina Trophy front-runner Braden Holtby was pulled in the second period, but it wasn’t enough to turn around an uncharacteristically lackluster performance from the Washington Capitals, who lost 4-1 to the Buffalo Sabres.

Dimitri Orlov and Braden Holtby may want a redo on tonight’s game. Buffalo’s first and second goals came off of Orlov mistakes, and Holtby was pulled in the second after letting in three goals on 16 shots.

The first Sabres’ goal came off a rebound shot that Phillip Varone picked up and put behind Holtby after the Sabres caught Orlov drifting and Holtby failed to prevent a rebound. It was Orlov’s next mistake, however, that was a dagger. On the Caps’ second power play, Orlov failed to hold down the blue line, and as the puck slid past him — and so did Tim Schaller of the Sabres. An excellent breakaway chance led to the second goal of the night.

In the second, a shot from Evander Kane at the faceoff circle just barely squeaked by Holtby and slid across the line, ending Holtby’s night and his consecutive point streak at 20-0-2, one point short of the Capitals record set by Jose Theodore at 20-0-3.

The Sabres then took on Phillip Grubrauer in goal when Cody Franson shot a one timer from the right circle to put the Sabres up 4-0  with 4:23 left in the second.

Jason Chimera hit the 200 NHL assist mark on the lone goal for the Caps. A centering pass to Marcus Johansson set up an easy shot right in front of the goal.

Sometimes you lose. Tonight the Caps (33-8-3) lost in a spectacular fashion. Hopefully it is out of their system as they come home and play the New York Rangers tomorrow.

NEXT GAME:  The Caps face the New York Rangers at 5 p.m. on Sunday.


  • Mike Richards made his Caps debut after being acquired as a free agent 10 days ago.
  • Brooks Laich was the healthy scratch and missed his first game of the season.
  • The Caps played in their home red sweaters and the Sabres in away white… odd.
  • Caps went 0 for 4 on the powerplay.
About Jacqueline Martin

Jacqueline Martin is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page. She grew up in Northern Virginia and has developed a deep love for all things sports and all things DC. While attending American University she worked for the athletics department and followed the Men’s NCAA Basketball team to their first ever apperance in the tourney. She is an aspiring journalist whose ideal day job is running a large DC sports bar that favored only DC teams. If she is not in her office you may find her at Kettler attempting to skate backwards. You can follow her on twitter @JacqueMMartin.

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