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Sabres 3, Capitals 2 in Overtime

January 27, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Stu Barnes tipped Alexei Zhitnik’s shot past Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig with 3:30 left in overtime Sunday to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 victory over the Capitals.

Buffalo forced overtime when Miroslav Satan scored on a rebound with 52.4 seconds left in regulation. The Sabres won when Zhitnik took a shot from the blue line that snaked through a crowd in front, hit Barnes’ body or stick and went into the net.

Barnes had a hand in all three Buffalo goals, finishing with two goals and one assist. Satan also had a goal and an assist.

The loss was Washington’s first in overtime this year. The Capitals had been 5-0-8 in overtime before this game but fell to 2-8-1 on the second day of back-to-back games.

Washington took a 1-0 lead when Jaromir Jagr converted a backhanded crossing pass from Stephen Peat at 7:14 of the second period. That came about a minute after the Capitals got a scare when Kolzig was stunned for a few moments when Zhitnik’s shot hit him in the face.

Buffalo tied it later in the period when Barnes beat Kolzig on a breakaway.

Satan started the play with a cross-ice feed to Barnes in the neutral zone that the Buffalo captain knocked forward. Barnes then broke through the Washington defense and scored with 7:39 left.

The Capitals took a 2-1 lead with 4:18 left in the third period when Peter Bondra scored off Jagr’s centering pass, but Washington’s defense failed again.

Notes: For Washington’s Brendan Witt and Dainius Zubrus, their next game will be the 400th of their NHL careers. ... Barnes needs five more goals to reach 200. ... No penalties were called on Buffalo the entire game _ and none at all after the first period.

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