Game Recap – 2/23/2019 – Washington Capitals v. Buffalo Sabres

Washington Capitals (34-20-7 75pts) v. Buffalo Sabres (28-24-8 64pts)

 

Game Recap:

The Washington Capitals head into Buffalo to conclude their six game road trip, but it would be the Sabres who would get the jump on the Capitals as Jason Pominville would bury one in front of the net to give the Sabres the 1-0 lead. Vladimir Sobotka would then be called for tripping, but the Capitals would not be able to capitalize on the powerplay opportunity. The Sabres would find a breakdown in the Capitals and Sam Reinhart would make it 2-0 for the Sabres. Jakub Vrana would be called for hooking late in the period, but the Capitals would be able to kill the penalty off.

 

The Capitals would start the second period on fire as they would generate some solid chances, but it would be a mishandling of the puck by the Sabres defense that would lead to an Alex Ovechkin break and score his 44th goal of the season to cut the Sabres lead to one. Then there would be a scary moment when Jeff Skinner and newly acquired Carl Hagelin would get tied up leading to Skinner going down awkwardly and leave the ice with the assistance of the trainer. Hagelin would be called for tripping, and the Capitals would kill the penalty. The Capitals would get another powerplay opportunity as Nathan Beaulieu would be called for delay of game, but the Capitals would not take advantage of it. Then Nic Dowd would take down Beaulieu in the corner to give the Sabres their third powerplay opportunity and Jack Eichel would find Rasmus Dahlin on the point for the powerplay goal and regain their two goal lead late in the second period.

 

The Capitals came into the third period down by two, and they were flying to create chances, but Nicklas Backstrom would get called for holding to halt that rush. However, the Capitals would kill off the penalty and would get some traffic in front of Carter Hutton as Andre Burakovsky would deflect a Christian Djoos point shot to pull the Capitals within one, but would be down by two once again when Sam Reinhart would tip in a Matt Hunwick point blast for his second of the game to give the Sabres their two goal lead back. And then with the goalie pulled, Reinhart would score his 3rd of the game to ice it for the Sabres 5-2.

 

Lineups:

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Andre Burakovsky — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly

Carl Hagelin — Nic Dowd — Chandler Stephenson

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik — Christian Djoos

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Dmitrij Jaskin, Travis Boyd, Nick Jensen

 

Buffalo Sabres:

Jeff Skinner — Jack Eichel — Evan Rodrigues

Conor Sheary — Casey Mittelstadt — Sam Reinhart

Zemgus Girgensons — Johan Larsson — Jason Pominville

C.J. Smith — Vladimir Sobotka — Tage Thompson

Jake McCabe — Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Dahlin — Zach Bogosian

Nathan Beaulieu — Matt Hunwick

Carter Hutton

Linus Ullmark

Scratched: Casey Nelson, Danny O’Regan, Scott Wilson

Injured: Marco Scandella (upper body), Kyle Okposo (concussion)

 

First Period:

Sabres Goal – 3:40 – Jason Pominville (14) from Jeff Skinner (19) and Jack Eichel (46)

Sabres Penalty – 5:53 – Vladimir Sobotka 2 minutes for Tripping

Sabres Goal – 12:51 – Sam Reinhart (15) from Evan Rodrigues (14)

Capitals Penalty – 18:02 – Jakub Vrana 2 minutes for Hooking

 

End of 1st – WAS – 0       BUF – 2

Shots              10                13

Faceoffs         11                08

Hits               09                  06

PP                 0/1                 0/1

 

Second Period:

Capitals Goal – 2:28 – Alex Ovechkin (44) from Evegny Kuznetsov (40)

Capitals Penalty – 4:42 – Carl Hagelin 2 minutes for Tripping

Sabres Penalty – 13:56 – Nathan Beaulieu 2 minutes for Delay of Game

Capitals Penalty – 17:44 – Nic Dowd 2 minutes for Tripping

Sabres PPG – 19:29 – Rasmus Dahlin (8) from Jack Eichel (47) and Rasmus Rstolainen (32)

 

End of 2nd – WAS – 1        BUF – 3

Shots               25                 26

Faceoffs          25                 18

Hits                 15                  10

PP                   0/2                  1/3

 

Third Period:

Capitals Penalty – 1:26 – Nicklas Backstrom 2 minutes for Hooking

Capitals Goal – 4:16 – Andre Burakovsky (8) from Christian Djoos (6) and Michal Kempny (14)

Sabres Goal – 5:43 – Sam Reinhart (16) from Matt Hunwick (1) and Conor Sheary (16)

Sabres ENG – 19:05 – Sam Reinhart (17) from Carter Hutton (1)

 

End of 3rd – WAS – 2         BUF – 5

Shots              33                   38

Faceoffs        34                    25

Hits               19                     12

PP                 0/2                    1/4

 

Next Up:

Washington (34-21-7 75pts) v. NY Rangers (27-26-8 62pts)

Buffalo (29-24-8 66pts) @ Toronto (36-20-4 76pts)

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