Miller makes 49 saves, Sabres top Capitals in SO - NBC Sports

Miller makes 49 saves, Sabres top Capitals in SO
Buffalo Sabres center Steve Ott (9) deflects the puck wide of Washington Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31), of Germany, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
December 29, 2013, 8:13 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Ryan Miller made 49 saves, and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 on Sunday night.

Drew Stafford netted Buffalo's goal in regulation, and Steve Ott scored the lone shootout goal in the sixth round as the Sabres improved to 5-0-1 in their last six home games after starting 3-12-1 there.

Miller stopped all six Washington shootout attempts.

Philipp Grubauer made 16 saves for Washington, and Troy Brouwer scored the Capitals' only goal. Alex Ovechkin recorded 12 shots, but failed to earn a point.

Washington had the first 12 shots on goal.

Ott took a cross checking penalty 5:53 into the game, but Washington's NHL-best power play couldn't take advantage. Miller made a shoulder save on a deflection by Mikhail Grabovski.

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