Ovechkin notched his second assist of the game by collecting
Martin Erat's drop pass and sliding a cross-slot feed to Green,
who wristed a shot inside the right post. The blue-liner netted
his 100th career goal and added an assist earlier in the game.
Troy Brouwer recorded a goal and an assist while Braden Holtby
turned aside 23 shots for the Capitals, who have emerged
victorious in two in a row following a seven-game winless streak
(0-5-2). Washington dropped a pair of 2-1 shootout decisions to
Buffalo earlier this season.
Cody Hodgson scored twice, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff also
tallied and Phil Varone netted his first career NHL goal. Matt
Moulson and Tyler Ennis each notched a pair of assists and
Jhonas Enroth finished with 30 saves for the Sabres, who fell
for the seventh time in eight games (1-4-3).
Washington claimed a 4-3 lead with 3:03 remaining in the second
period, scoring its second power-play goal of the contest after
going 1-for-32 in its previous nine games. A pretty passing
sequence between Ovechkin and Erat was capped by Brouwer, who
one-timed a blast from the slot past Enroth. Hodgson answered
6:48 into the third with a backhander from in close on a delayed
GAME NOTEBOOK: Ovechkin opened the scoring 3:49 into the first
period as his blast from the high slot sailed past Enroth for
his league-leading 14th power-play goal. The reigning Hart
Trophy winner was credited with his second tally 53 seconds
later as Green's shot glanced off his right pant leg. ... Erat
finished with two assists. ... Sabres RW Drew Stafford sat out
for the second straight game after aggravating an upper-body
injury Saturday in Columbus.
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