Reporting Sky Kerstein
The Capitals fell 5-1 to the Buffalo Sabres, have lost two in a row, and are 3-6-1 in their last ten games. In their two losses in a row, which were back to back games, the Caps were outscored 11 to 4.
The Sabres, who had nine regulars out of the line up including their star goaltender Ryan Miller, started early and didn’t let off. In the first period Luke Adam and Jason Pominville both beat Tomas Vokoun to give the Sabre’s a 2-0 lead after one. The Caps cut it to one when Jason Chimera nailed a penalty shot for his Caps leading ninth goal of the season, but the Sabres one goal lead only lasted 27 seconds. Zack Kassian got his first of the season to make it a 3-1 game and the Caps never got any closer.
Luke Adam and Jochen Hecht each lit the lamp in the third and Hecht’s goal was a shorthanded one which is the third time this season the Caps have given up a shorthanded goal.
Nicklas Backstrom & Alex Ovechkin were a -4 on the night, while for the second game in a row Dennis Wideman & Roman Hamrlik ended up at -3. Troy Brouwer was also -3 on the night. The Caps continue to struggle on the power play going 0 for 5, but on a positive note they were 4 for 4 on penalty killing.
Tomas Vokoun stopped 23 shots, while the Sabres Jhonas Enroth had 26 saves. The Caps have the Blues, Penguins and Senators all at home coming up and hope to get back on the winning side of things since they are 8-2-1 at Verizon Center this season.