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Buffalo Sabres Win Against Washington Capitals in Shoot Out

December 29th, 2013 at 8:55 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

Note: This story was written by Lea Natalello.

"It's not how many shots you take, it's how many go in," stated Buffalo Sabres head coach Ted Nolan after playing against the Washington Capitals.

This statement rings very true about tonight's game. The final shot count was 50 for Washington against a mere 17 for Buffalo. However, the Sabres still won after a shoot out.

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No goals were scored by either teams in the first period, however, Steve Ott certainly made his presence known on the ice. He received the only penalty in 20 minutes for cross checking. Shots on goal were limited and taken by Ennis, Stafford and D'Agostini. Overall, the Capitols dominated the first period with 15 shots to the Sabres' 3.

The second period was eventful to say the least. Marcus Foligno got kicked out for instigating, fighting and game misconduct from a fight against Capitals' player Tom Wilson, 43. Shortly after Stafford scored the first goal of the game, and the fourth for him this season, giving the Sabres a 1-0 lead. The goal was assisted by Christian Ehrhoff.

The third period resulted in a tied game. Capitals right wing, Troy Brouwer, 20, scored for his team, leading the game into over time.

The teams battled a four on four, five minute period with no goals scored.

During the shoot out Moulson, Ennis, Girgensons, Omark, and Flynn all shot for the Sabres in the shoot out with no points. Come the sixth round, team captain Steve Ott was warmly welcomed to the ice by the fans, and rightfully so. Ott scored for the team, winning the game for the Sabres.

Although scoring goals are important, blocking them is equally crucial to winning games.

Ryan Miller was the true star of tonight's game. The veteran goalie had a grand total of 50 saves.

"We played as well as we could tonight, but once in a while you need your goaltender to steal one," stated Nolan. "Tonight he certainly did."

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL

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