Sabres defeat Washington 5-2

Sam Reinhart scores a hat-trick in the win

Pat Malacaro
February 23, 2019 - 1:09 pm

Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig - USA TODAY Sports


The Buffalo Sabres, behind a Sam Reinhart hat-trick, were able to get a much-needed 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday afternoon at KeyBank Center. With the win, Buffalo snaps a four-game losing streak.

Jason Pominville's 14th goal of the season came less than four minutes into the game to give Buffalo a 1-0 lead over the Capitals. The goal was a result of a nice pass on the backhand by Jeff Skinner while he was below the goal line. Both Skinner and Jack Eichel assisted on the game's first goal.

Reinhart extended the Sabres' lead to 2-0 with a wrist shot on the right wing side of the ice that beat Braden Holtby. It was the forward's 15th goal of the season, after Evan Rodrigues made the pass that sprang the forward. 

Each team had a power play chance in he opening twenty minutes, but failed to score. Vladimir Sobotka was called for a tripping minor shortly after Buffalo's first goal, but his teammates were able to kill off the man advantage.

Carter Hutton stopped all 10 Washington shots on goal in the first period as well.

A turnover in the neutral zone early in the second period resulted in a Washington goal to cut their deficit to 2-1. Alexander Ovechkin was able to pick up a loose puck outside of the Capitals' zone and break in on Hutton for his 44th goal of the season. The even strength goal was assisted by Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Skinner left the game less than five minutes into the middle stanza after being tripped by Carl Haeglin in front of the net. The forward was down on the ice and was attended to by trainers before being helped off the ice. However, he was able to come back in the third period.

Buffalo's lead was extended back to a pair thanks to a late power play goal by Rasmus Dahlin. He was able to complete a one-timer opportunity after a nice pass by Eichel from across the ice. The rookie defenseman has scored two goals in as many games for the blue and gold. Eichel and Rasmus Ristolainen assisted on the special teams' score.

The Capitals were able to score to get back within a goal, 3-2, early in the third thanks to a tip in front of the net. Andre Burakovsky was able to tip home the shot for his eighth goal of the season. However, Reinhart and the Sabres answered back less than two minutes later to move the lead back to two goals, 4-2. Reinhart tipped home a Matt Hunwick shot from the point for his second goal of the game. Reinhart would seal the game with an empty net goal for his hat-trick.


Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 3:40 - Jason Pominville (14) (Jeff Skinner, Jack Eichel); 12:51 - Sam Reinhart (15) (Evan Rodrigues)

Second Period:

BUF: 19:29 - Rasmus Dahlin (9) PPG (Jack Eichel, Rasmus Ristolainen)
WSH: 2:28 - Alexander Ovechkin (44) (Evgeny Kuznetsov)

Third Period:

BUF: 5:43 - Sam Reinhart (16) (Matt Hunwick, Conor Sheary); 19:04 - Sam Reinhart (17) (Carter Hutton)
WSH: 4:16 - Andre Burakovsky (8) (Christian Djoos, Michal Kempny)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 5:53 - Vladimir Sobotka (Tripping - 2 min.)
WSH: 18:02 - Jakub Vrana (Hooking - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 13:56 - Nathan Beaulieu (Delay of Game - 2 min.)
WSH: 4:42 - Carl Hagelin (Tripping - 2 min.); 17:44 - Nic Dowd (Tripping - 2 min.)

Third Period:

WSH: 1:26 - Nicklas Backstrom (Hooking - 2 min.)

Shots on Goal:

BUF: 38 (13, 13, 12) 
WSH: 33 (10, 15, 8)


BUF: Carter Hutton - 31 saves
WSH: Braden Holtby - 33 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 1 for 4 (25%)
WSH: 0 for 2 (0%)

Three Stars:

  1. Sam Reinhart - BUF
  2. Carter Hutton - BUF
  3. Jack Eichel - BUF

What's Next:

The Sabres head to Toronto on Monday night to face the Maple Leafs at seven o'clock on the flagship home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550. Pre-game coverage with the Bulldog begins at 6 p.m.

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