Capitals score four in first period, ease past Sabres
- Jakub Vrana scored two of the Washington Capitals’ four first-period goals in a 6-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Capital One Arena on Friday, their seventh victory in eight games.
- Tom Wilson had a goal and two assists, Michal Kempny had three assists, and Brendan Leipsic had a goal and an assist for Washington (10-2-3), which extended its point streak to eight games (7-0-1).
- Chandler Stephenson and T.J. Oshie scored, and Braden Holtby made 29 saves for the Capitals.
“It was a good four-line game for us,” Capitals coach Todd Reirden said. “Got contributions from a lot of different people. I thought when we did have breakdowns, Braden was really solid tonight, so that allowed us to take advantage of the opportunities we had in the opposite direction.”
- Henri Jokiharju scored, and Linus Ullmark made 28 saves for Buffalo (9-3-2), which is 1-2-1 in its past four games.
“I just didn’t think we were good enough, especially against a team like that,” Sabres captain Jack Eichel said. “They’re one of the best teams in the League for a reason, and I thought we were just sloppy with the puck. I thought we just gave them a lot of chances that we shouldn’t have, and they capitalized.”
- The Sabres had scored two or more goals in each of their first 13 games. …
- Eichel played his 300th NHL game. …
- Washington defenseman John Carlson, who scored 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) in 14 games, was named the NHL’s First Star for October.
- He had no points in 23:33 of ice time Friday. …
- Capitals forward Eller played his 700th NHL game. …
- Kempny has eight points (three goals, five assists) in seven games this season.
Sources & Credits: Harvey Valentine / NHL.com, WAS Capitals, BUF Sabres