BUFFALO—For the fourth time in four tries this season, the Caps were unable to finish off the back half of a back-to-back on a high note.
Alex Ovechkin tied Tuesday’s game late in the second period, but the visitors surrendered a couple of third period goals, including an empty-netter, and fell, 3-1, to Evander Kane and Sabres at KeyBank Center. The defeat halted Washington’s season-long winning streak at three games.
Tarik’s three stars of the game:
1-Benoit Pouliot, Sabres
The prettiest goal of the night was scored by veteran journeyman Benoit Pouliot, who skated the puck end-to-end, toe-dragged Jakub Vrana at Washington’s blue line and then ripped a shot through Brooks Orpik and over Philipp Grubauer to give the Sabres a 2-1 lead early in the third period. Pouliot has four goals in five games vs. Grubauer, who’s had some tough assignments but still fell to 0-4-1 this season.
2-Alex Ovechkin, Capitals
If it seems like No. 8 has been one of my three stars A LOT this season, well, you’re right. And with the way he’s producing, why not? Ovechkin extended his goal-streak to three games against the Sabres, sniping a shot from the slot late in the second period to knot the score, 1-1. Ovechkin now has 13 goals on the season—one behind league leader Nikita Kucherov of the Lightning.
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This one might be a bit of a reach, buuuuut DSP did have a pretty sweet set-up pass on Ovechkin’s goal. The winger took the puck from Ovechkin on a crossing play in the neutral zone, waited patiently for Ovi to get open and then slipped a beauty of a pass through Marco Scandella’s skates and right onto No. 8’s tape. With the primary helper, Smith-Pelly has points in back-to-back games for the first time as a Capital.
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