Capitals 3, Sabres 2

Buffalo 0 0 2 – 2

Washington 0 1 2 – 3

First period:

None.

Penalties:

Spacek, Buf (hooking), 1:02; Hecht, Buf (high-sticking), 10:24.

Second period:

1, Washington, Kozlov 9 (Backstrom, Helmer), 17:46.

Penalties:

Jurcina, Was (hooking), 10:42; Sekera, Buf (hooking), 18:47; Laich, Was (goalie interference), 18:55; Lydman, Buf (hooking), 19:28.

Third period:

2, Washington, Gordon 3 (Jurcina), 1:58. 3, Buffalo, Vanek 25 (Stafford, Spacek), 6:13 (pp). 4, Washington, Ovechkin 23 (Helmer), 8:27. 5, Buffalo, Afinogenov 2 (Lydman, Kotalik), 18:11.

Penalty:

Ovechkin, Was (slashing), 4:52.

Shots on Goal:

Buffalo 8-7-9–24. Washington 15-8-11–34.

Power-play opportunities:

Buffalo 1 of 2; Washington 0 of 4.

Goalies:

Buffalo, Lalime 2-5-1 (34 shots-31 saves). Washington, Theodore 10-6-1 (24-22).

A:

18,277 (18,277).

T:

2:16.

Referees:

Paul Devorski, Wes McCauley.

Linesmen:

Derek Amell, Tim Novak.