2, Capitals 1 (SO)
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[January 13, 2014]
Sabres 2, Capitals 1 (SO): Cody
Hodgson returned to the lineup and scored the lone goal of the shootout
in the third round as Buffalo snapped an 11-game road winless skid
Washington nearly seized a 2-1 lead with 53 seconds left in the
third period, but defenseman Karl Alzner's apparent goal was waved
off as teammate Nicklas Backstrom was whistled for a tripping
penalty. Buffalo registered all five shots in a fruitless overtime
before Hodgson wristed the puck inside the right post to end the
Tyler Ennis scored a power-play goal, Hodgson notched an assist and
Ryan Miller finished with 28 saves for the Sabres, who also posted a
2-1 shootout victory over the Capitals on Dec. 29.
Jason Chimera scored and Joel Ward had an assist to extend his point
streak to four games. Philipp Grubauer turned aside 30 shots for
Washington, which has dropped five of its last seven (2-2-3).
Chimera's attempted centering feed from the left faceoff circle
fluttered off the stick of Buffalo's Brian Flynn and past Miller
11:01 into the first period to open the scoring. The Sabres answered
just over seven minutes later as defenseman Christian Ehrhoff's shot
from the right circle was denied, but the puck caromed off the skate
of Hodgson in front before Ennis snapped it home.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Miller, who made a season-high 49 saves in the
teams' previous meeting, preserved a 1-1 tie with just over two
minutes left in the third period by stopping C Mikhail Grabovski
with the blade of his stick. ... Buffalo avoided matching a
franchise-record 12-game road winless streak, which was
established from Dec. 17, 2011-Jan. 21, 2012. ... Hodgson had
been sidelined since blocking a shot by Boston D Torey Krug on
Dec. 19. ... Buffalo LW Ville Leino also returned to the lineup
after suffering a lower-body injury on New Year's Eve. ...
Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin saw his four-game point streak
come to an end, but Ward has collected one goal and three
assists on his stretch.
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