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Coming off a successful road trip wherein the Caps claimed 4 of 6 possible points, hosting the NHL's worst team seemed like a great opportunity to keep the forward momentum going. After Matt Moulson struck first, and Jhonas Enroth more than 30 consecutive shots, it seemed like we might be in for another instance of outpossess-but-lose. And that's exactly what happened, as a late goal from Torrey Mitchell was enough to send the Sabres home with a 2-1 victory. Look for our full recap later, but first, Saturday night's Plus/Minus:
- Plus: If you're a real good team, when the NHL's worst possession team comes to your barn, you tilt the ice, and that's exactly what the Washington Capitals did, owning better than 75% of even strength shot attempts.
- Minus: Even with the ice tilted in their favor, the Caps struggled to score at even strength against a team that's allowed more 5v5 goals than any team not from Vancouver or Edmonton, scoring none and yielding two goals at evens. Woof.
And now, this...
Has it surprised anybody else that Matt Niskanen hasn't scored yet this season?— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) November 23, 2014
And about 5 minutes later..
Matt Niskanen's goal assisted by Nicklas Backstrom (14) and Marcus Johansson (5). #CapsSabres— Washington Capitals (@washcaps) November 23, 2014