For the second time this weekend the Capitals and Sabres needed a shootout to decide a winner and this time it went Buffalo’s way in a 4 to 3 visitor’s victory.
Here’s Sunday afternoon’s Plus/Minus:
Plus: In his NHL debut McMichael registered a single shot and a minor penalty in ten minutes of ice time.
Minus: Washington was whistled for five minor penalties and it gave the Sabres the contest.
Nine more notes on the game:
- The Capitals were on the board early with Justin Schultz’s first in Washington. A hard hit from Garnet Hathaway allowed the puck to get to Schultz and he deposited it from distance.
- Late in the first frame McMichael was penalized for hooking 200 feet from the Capitals’ net. An aggressive penalty kill and a pair of saves from Vitek Vanecek made sure the youngster’s infraction was harmless.
- Washington’s strong penalty kill play would take a hit in the second period though. Midway through Colin Miller fired the puck past Vanecek’s glove through traffic for the first of two tallies.
- T.J. Oshie registered a power play goal of his own at the twelve minute mark. A rising point shot from Schultz was deflected down by Oshie and over the leg pad of Linus Ullmark.
- But Buffalo’s power play connected again just 73 seconds later. With Nic Dowd serving a tripping penalty Victor Olofsson put the puck into the net for the third time this year, tying the game at two.
- A third power play goal for the Sabres in the third period put Buffalo ahead for good. An Eric Staal bomb beat Vanecek on his near side for a temporary lead.
- Temporary because Nicklas Backstrom potted a power play goal of his own two minutes later. From an impossible angle he shot the puck off of Ullmark’s rear
- Taylor Hall was granted a penalty shot but hit the post behind Vanecek’s left ear. With the score even at three the teams went to overtime.
- In the shootout the only player to score was Jack Eichel on the Sabres’ first attempt. Ullmark stopped Backstrom in the third round the secure their win.