Shootout win: Capitals beat Sabers 3-2

The Washington Capitals faced the Buffalo Sabers for the second time this season. It was a hockey night in Buffalo as the Caps looked to bounce back from a loss to the Pens 24 hours earlier.

Lars Eller hit first as he potted a sassy feed from Conor Sheary behind Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen. Vinnie Hinostroza capitalized on a bad defensive change from the Caps and tied things up with a breakaway tally.

Will Butcher gave the Sabers their first lead of the game as he stepped into the game. Martin Fehervary tied the game once again as Alex Ovechkin gave him a receiving shot. We nada in overtime so here are your shootout bullets.

  • Thompson did NOT put the cookie in the basket
  • Sprong put the cookie in the basket
  • The cozens did NOT put the cookie in the basket
  • Kuznetsov did NOT put the cookie in the basket
  • Olofsson put the cookie in the basket
  • Oshie put the cookie in the basket

The Capitals beat the Sabers 3-2!

  • The first half was not good. It was as if the Caps had spent almost half of the period managing a cycle of Sabers. No more neglect of the match against the Pens and this time on tired legs.
  • By the end of the season, how often do you think we’ll hear Drew Brees tell us to live our sports betting life?
  • I miss it Trevor van Riemsdyk. This shows when you can actually notice that a “Third Matchmaker” defender is out of line. TVR is awesome.
  • The second half was worse as the Caps simply walked through the period doing nothing. Lots of long passes to no one. Just absolutely no rhythm in their playing. Not funny.
  • At least Lars Eller seems to have reached its rhythm. Goals in consecutive matches for the Tiger.
  • Kyle Okposo’s scary stick high on TJ Oshie. It looked like Osh was bleeding, but luckily he survived any sort of damage to his teeth or eyes.
  • The power play has been so conspicuously devoid of new ideas all season. It’s a literal chore to watch. The team seems perfectly fine to be content with fueling mediocrity (is that a word?) However.
  • The Capitals’ third period looked like a different team. They finally made things five-on-five and moved their legs. An encouraging end to the game.
  • I thought Vitek Vanecek was very good and that’s encouraging because I think he’s been a bit shaky on his other recent occasions. He just had to play in front of a very rusty, tired and injured Capitals team. I said something similar about Ilya Samsonov in the numbers released this morning before pitchforks were raised in the comments.
  • Martin Fehervary scores a day after taking a glaring headshot from Brock McGinn. I was just glad he was ready to go tonight. Shame on the league for having done absolutely nothing about this coup.

The Caps have a few days off before another game. They’ll be on the road in Chicago when things pick up on December 15th… hopefully healthier.

Title image via @ Jencapsfan74

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