Another troublesome second period was the difference in the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday night at Verizon Center.
It took Alex Ovechkin just nineteen seconds to get the Capitals on the scoreboard. The forward was able to wire a shot past Ryan Miller off of a clean face-off win for Washington. Buffalo would have one power play chance in the opening twenty minutes, but was not able to convert. The Caps held a 6-5 edge in shots in the period. Mark Pysyk logged 4:50 of ice time in his first NHL period of play. The rookie was called up due to an injury to Andrej Sekera.
Cody Hodgson answered for the Sabres just tweleve seconds into the middle stanza. The centerman's shot beat Brayden Holtby through the pads to tie the game at 1-1. However, with Tyler Myers in the penalty box the Capitals were able to re-take the lead. Troy Brouwer gave the home team a 2-1 lead with his tenth goal of the season. A pair of goals less than a minute apart upped the Caps' lead to 4-1 in the period. First, Jason Chimera scoerd his first goal of the season, and then forty-three seconds later Marcus Johansson gave Washington a three-goal lead.
Brian Flynn's third goal in a Buffalo uniform brought the blue and gold back within two goals. The goal made the score 4-2 in favor of Washington.
There was a lenghty delay before the start of the third period due to an issue with the lighting inside of the Verizon Center. The building lights did not immediately come back on fully after the intermission break, and it delayed the start of the final stanza by about five minutes.
Hodgson's second goal of the night came on a power play chance to bring the Sabres within a goal in the third. Tyler Ennis and Jason Pominville assisted on the goal that made the score 4-3 Washington. Pysyk was caught in the middle of a Mathieu Perreault odd-man chance for the Capitals that ended up in the Buffalo net. Perreault danced through the middle of the ice, beating the rookie on the play and upping the lead to 5-3.