WASHINGTON (AP) — Linus Ullmark stopped 28 pictures in regulation and time beyond regulation and three extra within the shootout to assist the Buffalo Sabres beat the Washington Capitals 4-Three on Sunday for simply their second victory in six video games this season.
Ullmark picked up his first win of the season six days after studying of the dying of his father at age 63. It was Ullmark’s second consecutive begin after taking a while away from taking part in hockey, and the Sabres wanted him with goaltender Carter Hutton injured.
Captain Jack Eichel scored within the shootout and Colin Miller, Victor Olfosson and Eric Staal every scored on the facility play for Buffalo, which snapped a two-game skid. The Sabres outshot the Capitals 48-31 and beat them for the primary time in 4 conferences.
Justin Schultz scored his first aim with Washington and mainstays T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom every had a power-play aim. The Capitals have been taking part in with out 5 outstanding gamers: captain Alex Ovechkin, middle Evgeny Kuznetsov, defenseman Dmitry Orlov and goalie Ilya Samsonov due to COVID-19 protocols and proper winger Tom Wilson due to a lower-body harm.
Vitek Vanecek made a career-high 45 saves and kissed the put up after Taylor Corridor’s penalty shot try halfway by the third interval clanked off it.
The Capitals went to time beyond regulation for a fourth consecutive recreation and have earned at the very least some extent each time they’ve performed this season. The final time they performed 4 OT video games in a row was March 29-April 5, 2011.
With Wilson out, prime Capitals prospect Connor McMichael made his NHL debut. McMichael bought the rookie custom of a solo lap earlier than pregame warmups started and performed left wing on the second line with Lars Eller and Richard Panik.
Trevor van Riemsdyk additionally made his Washington debut, changing Nick Jensen on the blue line. Coach Peter Laviolette determined to stay with the standard 12 forwards and 6 defensemen and hold Brian Pinho within the lineup because the fourth-line middle.
Congrats in your first NHL aim, Dylan Cozens. Now sit.
The Sabres sat Cozens two days after his huge milestone with veteran Kyle Okposo able to play for the primary time this season. Casey Mittelstadt additionally bought recalled from the taxi squad – the place Cozens was despatched for a day – to switch Tage Thompson.
”Simply within the plan,” coach Ralph Krueger mentioned. ”We had talked about preseason that we have to hold the taxi-squad gamers lively and we have to watch the load on among the different gamers. Dylan is certainly one of them, so he has a possibility to take a breath and watch the sport.”
Sabres: Return residence to face the New York Rangers on Tuesday for the primary of two in a row and the beginning of a four-game homestand.
Capitals: Host former coach Barry Trotz’s New York Islanders on Tuesday within the first half of a two-game collection.
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