On a night Nicklas Backstrom moved up the franchise history ladder the Capitals downed the Sabres 6 to 0 in Buffalo.
Here’s Monday night’s Plus/Minus:
Plus: Backstrom skated in his 984th career contest with Washington, passing fellow Swede Calle Johansson for second all time.
Minus: The Capitals let the Sabres register more than ten shots on goal in the third period.
Ten more notes on the game:
- Late in the first Evgeny Kuznetsov put Washington ahead with his third goal of the season. Kuznetsov’s quick and surprising shot beat Carter Hutton glove side in one the goaltender would probably like back.
- Kuznetsov’s goal was his 400th career NHL point, coming in his 497th game (.805 PPG).
- Through the first twenty minutes the Capitals outshot Buffalo 13 to 2 in a strong opening frame for the road team.
- Less than three minutes into the second Backstrom netted his eleventh goal to put the Capitals ahead by two. A great individual effort from T.J. Oshie got the puck to Backstrom in the crease and he did not miss the chance.
- Minutes later Richard Panik fired the puck past Hutton from forty feet to extend the lead to three. A perfect pass from Dmitry Orlov allowed Panik to lean into it and get everything on his shot.
- To cap off an entirely Capitals’ second period Daniel Sprong lit the lamp with a high and hard breakaway shot that broke Buffalo’s back.
- Sprong’s goal was his third in his last four contests and extends his point streak to four games.
- Garnet Hathaway added his fourth of the year midway through the third period. A long shot from Justin Schultz was touched home by Hathaway’s skate atop the crease.
- Alex Ovechkin finished the scoring with three minutes to play. His 717th career goal ties him with Phil Esposito for sixth all time.
- Vitek Vanacek picked up his first NHL shutout with 23 saves in a clam evening of work.