September 18, 2018

Washington Capitals Game 67 Recap: Capitals hand 6-1 loss to struggling Sabres

­The Buffalo Sabres started the scoring against the Washington Capitals, but the game quickly slipped away from them as the Caps scored six unanswered goals to win 6-1. It was the Sabres’ fourth consecutive loss.

Alex Ovechkin scored an NHL-leading 44th goal on Washington’s second power play attempt of the night. Ovechkin was also awarded a penalty shot later in the game after Andre Benoit was called for holding on a breakaway, but did not convert on the attempt.

Nicklas Backstrom earned his league-leading 51st assist of the season with his helper on Ovechkin’s goal. Their 68 points were good enough to briefly lead the NHL in points. The New York Islanders’ John Tavares surpassed the duo with a two-point performance against the Dallas Stars.

Backstrom has 21 assists in his last 24 games and has reached the 50-assist mark in five of his eight seasons in the NHL.

Braden Holtby made a career-high 58th start against the Sabres, and stopped 15 of 16 shots for his 32nd win of the season.

Buffalo’s only goal of the game came from Johan Larsson, who swatted in a rebound in front of the net for his second goal of the season.

Curtis Glencross had quite the game for Washington, scoring a goal and assisting on two others. Glencross has goals in two consecutive games since being acquired from Calgary March 1. The 32-year old winger logged seven seasons with the Flames, and earned 242 points in 218 games.

With his secondary assist on Glencross’ goal and his own second period tally, Jay Beagle surpassed his career highs in goals and assists. Beagle has set career highs in goals (10), and assists (10) this season. After managing just 13 career goals in 192 games, Beagle has scored 10 goals in 61 games this season.

Matt Hackett started in goal against Washington, but was replaced by Anders Lindback midway through the second period after allowing four goals on 23 shots. They combined for 38 saves.

Brooks Laich scored his first goal in two months, his sixth of the season.

In the third period, Joel Ward converted a rebound for Washington’s fifth goal and his 16th goal of the season. Marcus Johansson scored a late rebound goal, his 17th of the season.

Washington improved to 36-21-10, while the loss dropped Buffalo to 19-42-5.

About Katie Brown

Katie Brown is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Capitals. She resides in Arlington, VA, and developed a love for the sport of hockey as a youngster while watching her brothers play. Katie works at a nonprofit organization by day but the rest of her time is devoted to watching, writing, and talking about hockey and perfecting her mean one-timer. She is co-host of Girls Just Wanna Have Puck podcast. You can follow Katie on Twitter @katie_brown47.

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