Miller makes 49 saves, Sabres top Capitals in SO
- Article by: NICK MENDOLA
- Associated Press
- December 29, 2013 - 7:25 PM
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Ryan Miller made 49 saves, and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 on Sunday night.
Drew Stafford netted Buffalo's goal in regulation, and Steve Ott scored the lone shootout goal in the sixth round as the Sabres improved to 5-0-1 in their last six home games after starting 3-12-1 there.
Miller stopped all six Washington shootout attempts.
Philipp Grubauer made 16 saves for Washington, and Troy Brouwer scored the Capitals' only goal. Alex Ovechkin recorded 12 shots, but failed to earn a point.
Washington had the first 12 shots on goal, and with 13:52 gone, Miller stopped Eric Fehr from point-blank range to keep the Capitals off the board.
Buffalo finally put a shot on Grubauer with 4:23 left in the first. Matt D'Agostini's odd-angle snap shot was met with a loud cheer from the home crowd.
Ott took a cross checking penalty 5:53 into the game, but Washington's NHL-best power play couldn't take advantage. Miller made a shoulder save on a deflection by Mikhail Grabovski.
The Capitals had a 15-3 shots edge in the first period.
Grubauer stopped him, and then foiled Matt Moulson with a left pad save in the crease off the ensuing faceoff.
Capitals forward Tom Wilson laid a heavy hit on Ville Leino late in the second period, and Marcus Foligno challenged him to a fight. Foligno was given an instigator penalty and 10-minute misconduct, putting Washington's power play back on the ice.
Despite being outshot 30-10, Buffalo took a 1-0 lead when Stafford tapped in a loose puck with 1:42 left in the second.
Grubauer made a glove save on D'Agostini moments later to keep the Capitals' deficit at one goal.
Washington tied it off a giveaway by Ott 5:34 into the third period. Brouwer's slap shot beat Miller over the right shoulder.
Miller returned to form over the next few minutes, including three successive saves from a prone position.
Washington outshot Buffalo 5-1 in overtime to finish the game with a 50-17 advantage.
NOTES: Brooks Laich sat out a second consecutive game and for the 13th time in 14 games because of a groin injury. ... The Sabres used the same lineup from Friday's shootout loss in Toronto. ... Washington outshot an opponent for the first time in six games.
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