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High Scoring Game Ends in Buffalo Sabres Loss and a Win for the Washington Capitals

January 28th, 2014 at 11:03 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Sabres cannot catch a break this season. Tonight's game against the Washington Capitals was, yet another, neck and neck game ending in an overtime loss.

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The Sabres began the season on a low note, not scoring enough goals to win a game. Now, in the second part of the season, the team has been doing their part in getting points, but still having trouble winning.

The first period of the game may have been one of the most lifeless 18 minutes in the arena all season. The stands were barely filled and the crowd whispered a dull roar. However, the teams did begin to pick up some momentum towards the end of the period. Capitals' left wing, Alex Ovechkin, 8, scored two goals against the Sabres. This was the first game this season the Sabres were not able to hold back, high scorer, Ovechkin. Christian Ehrhoff, 10, scored for the Sabres making the score 2-1 at the end of the first.

"Ovechkin's always trying to find that sweet spot," explained Jhonas Enroth, Sabres goaltender. "All goalies in the league know it's going to come; he's a really good player with a really good shot."

The second period ended with a score of 4-3 and the Capitals still in the lead. Goals were scored by Cody Hodgson, 19, and Philip Varone, 84. This was Varone's first NHL goal of his career. Capitals' goals were scored by Troy Brouwer, 20, and Mike Green, 52.

Leading into the third period, the First Niagara Center became energized. Players were skating with intent and the fans cheered them on. Hodgson scored his second goal of the night, tying the game. The teams battled it out but the period ended 4-4.

"Washington is a good team. I kind of knew it was going to be a game like this, high scoring on both sides. I was pretty prepared," stated Enroth.

In the first minute of overtime, Green scored the game winning goal for the Capitals.

The game ended with a score of 5-4.

"You try to look at as much positives as you can," stated Ted Nolan, Sabres' interim head coach. "It was our third game in three nights and we played a pretty good hockey team."

Note: This story was written by Sabres101's Lea Natalello.

Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, Jhonas Enroth, NHL

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