Overreactions: Capitals’ stars Ovechkin & Green star in overtime win over Sabres

465692425_slideThings didn’t start well for Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth. They didn’t end well either.

Three times the Buffalo Sabres erased deficits to force overtime, but the Washington Capitals prevailed in a 5-4 overtime loss at First Niagara Center.

Enroth was beaten twice early by Washington’s engimatic star, Alexander Ovechkin, to give the visitors a 2-0 lead in the first five minutes. Ovechkin would add two assists, including the set up of Mike Green’s overtime winner exactly one minute into the extra period.

The Sabres did show a lot of compete, as they battled back from 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 deficits to force the game past regulation. Cody Hodgson scored twice, once to tie the game at 2-2 and later to make it 4-4. Buffalo also got goals from Christian Ehrhoff and Phil Varone, who scored his first NHL goal in the second period.

Enroth battled throughout the night, but in the end, came up with another loss to fall to 1-10-5 on the season, making 30 saves.

It’s hard to win with this team, I guess.

  • Few things are more enjoyable than being at a game and seeing a kid score his first goal in the National Hockey League. It’s the greatest milestone in hockey, and it’s a lifetime of hard work coming full circle. Congrats to Phil Varone, who’ll keep that puck the rest of his life.
  • I’m not sure if Ted Nolan knows or supports line matching. I wonder because he willingly put the fourth line featuring noted shutdown winger John Scott out against Washington’s top line. Almost bit them in the ass, as Washington got a great opportunity but didn’t score. If you’re worried about winning, that shouldn’t happen.
  • Also on Nolan, I’ve taken the time to focus and wait for him to say the word “compete” during a postgame press conference. The buzzword of all buzzwords wasn’t a focus.
  • Enroth took his damn sweet time taking his pads off after the game and left the media waiting. That’s not a slight on Enroth, I’m not trying to be a scribe here, just noting that he seems to be dreading to deal with the same questions after each loss.
  • Ville Leino has been playing better lately. I’m rooting hard for a goal. First, out of spite, and second, it’d be nice to see him get rewarded for turning up his game.
  • Alexander Ovechkin is worth the price of admission on his own. Still jaw-dropping after almost ten years in the league. Tickets are pretty easy to come by this season, and if you’re a hockey fan, these games should have value simply to see whoever’s beating the Sabres.
  • Mike Weber is not good at playing defense, man.
  • Cody Hodgson has looked really good since coming back from injury. He’s going to be a key piece in making this rebuild work. Playing and producing like this will help things a lot.

3MI Three Star Selections 
1. Alexander Ovechkin, Washington
2. Mike Green, Washington
3. Cody Hodgson, Buffalo

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Mike Green, Washington (2 goals (7), assist)
2. Alexander Ovechkin, Washington (2 goals (38), 2 assists)
3. Cody Hodgson, Buffalo (2 goals (14))

Quote of the night:

“Usually when I score, I black out a little bit. This one I kind of took in a little bit, just looked around.” — Buffalo Sabres forward Phil Varone

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Posted on January 29, 2014, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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