Seattle, WA, United States (4E Sports) – Cody Hodgson netted the deciding goal in the shootout to carry the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 triumph over the Washington Capitals Sunday at Verizon Center.
Ryan Miller stopped 28 shots while Tyler Ennis scored for the Sabres, who snapped their 11-game road losing streak. The win was the first for the Sabres away from First Niagara Center since Nov. 5.
Miller has now stopped 77 of 79 shots against the Capitals this season, including a 49-save performance in a 2-1 shootout victory Dec. 29.
Jason Chimera scored the Capitals (22-16-7), who had their two-game winning streak stopped but remained in solo second place in the Metropolitan Division.
Philipp Grubauer, starting for the 11th time in Washington’s past 16 games, stopped 30 shots for the Capitals.
Washington took a 1-0 lead at 11:01 of the first period on an accidental bounce from a pass by Chimera.
As Chimera cut towards the net, his pass intended for a charging Marcus Johansson ricocheted off Sabres defenseman Brian Flynn’s outstretched stick and past Miller for his eighth goal of the season.
Buffalo tied the game on a late first-period power play, earned when Tom Wilson charged Jamie McBain along the boards.
With traffic in front, Christian Ehrhoff threw the puck towards Grubauer, and Ennis was able to corral it before beating the Capitals goaltender at 18:09.
Ennis’ ninth goal was just Buffalo’s 12th first-period goal of the season, the lowest total in the League by a significant margin, and the Sabres’ first since Dec. 27.
After a scoreless second, action picked up in the third but neither team found the back of the net. Miller recorded two impressive saves to send the game to extra time.
Washington plays one more game at Verizon Center Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks before starting a stretch of eight of nine on the road. The Sabres will return home to face the Flyers on the same day.