Game Recap – 11/1/2019 – Buffalo Sabres v. Washington Capitals

Buffalo Sabres (9-2-2 20pts) v. Washington Capitals (9-2-3 21pts)


Game Recap:

After a successful month of October that was capped off with an even more successful five game road trip to end the month, the Washington Capitals start the month of November at home against the Buffalo Sabres. In the first period the Sabres would get an early powerplay, but after the Capitals killed it off it would spark them as Jakub Vrana would score on a breakaway to to the early lead, but then less than 45 seconds later the Capitals would go on a 4 on 1 and off the tic tac toe play Chandler Stephenson would score his second of the season. Then before the game would be ten minutes old Michal Kempny would find a wide open Vrana who would one time a blast past Linus Ullmark for his second of the game. But the Capitals weren’t done there as Brendan Leipsic would score his first as a Capital on another passing play to give the Capitals the 4-0 lead less than eleven minutes into the game. In the final minutes of the period the Sabres would surge, but they would not be able to solve Braden Holtby before the first period ended.


In the second period after a very quick moving first half it would be the Sabres getting on the board as Henri Jokiharju would score his first career goal to cut the Capitals lead to three. Then with a little over three minutes left in the period the Sabres would fail to clear their zone as Michal Kempney would be able to keep the puck in and wrist it from the point for a Tom Wilson tip to make it 5-1 heading into the second intermission.


In the third period it would be relatively quiet for the majority of the period. The Sabres would get a late powerplay opportunity, but would not capitalize on it. Then after the Capitals killed the penalty it would be TJ Oshie scoring to put the Capitals up by five. The Capitals would get a late powerplay, but would be unable to get Vrana the hat trick goal before the final buzzer as the Capitals would go on to win 6-1.



Buffalo Sabres:

Victor Olofsson — Jack Eichel — Sam Reinhart

Jeff Skinner — Marcus Johansson — Vladimir Sobotka

Evan Rodrigues — Casey Mittelstadt — Conor Sheary

Zemgus Girgensons — Johan Larsson — Kyle Okposo

Jake McCabe — Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Dahlin — Henri Jokiharju

John Gilmour — Colin Miller

Linus Ullmark

Carter Hutton

Scratched: None

Injured: Marco Scandella (lower body), Jimmy Vesey (upper body), Brandon Montour (hand), Zach Bogosian (hip)


Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Jakub Vrana — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson

Carl Hagelin — Lars Eller — Garnet Hathaway

Brendan Leipsic — Chandler Stephenson — Travis Boyd

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov — Radko Gudas

Jonas Siegenthaler — Nick Jensen

Braden Holtby

Ilya Samsonov

Scratched: Tyler Lewington, Liam O’Brien

Injured: Richard Panik (upper body), Nic Dowd (lower body)


First Period:

WAS Penalty – 2:42 – Dmitry Orlov 2 minutes for Elbowing

WAS Goal – 6:17 – Jakub Vrana (5) from Tom Wilson (4)

WAS Goal – 6:59 – Chandler Stephenson (2) from Travis Boyd (2) and Brendan Leipsic (4)

WAS Goal – 9:29 – Jakub Vrana (6) from Michal Kempny (3) and Tom Wilson (5)

WAS Goal – 10:44 – Brendan Leipsic (1) from Travis Boyd (3) and Radko Gudas (5)


End of 1st

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Second Period:

BUF Goal – 10:40 – Henri Jokiharju (1) from Rasmus Dahlin (10)

WAS Goal – 16:53 – Tom Wilson (5) from Michal Kempny (4)


End of 2nd

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Third Period:

WAS Penalty – 11:10 – Dmitry Orlov 2 minutes for Tripping

WAS Goal – 13:43 – TJ Oshie (8) from Michal Kempny (5) and Alex Ovechkin (8)

BUF Penalty – 18:24 – Johan Larsson 2 minutes for Slashing


End of 3rd

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Next Up:

Washington (10-2-3 23pts) v. Calgary (7-6-2 16pts)

Buffalo (9-3-2 20pts) v. NY Islanders (9-3-0 16pts)

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