Capitals 3, Sabres 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Olaf Kolzig continued his career season Thursday night, stopping 23 shots as the Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2.
While Kolzig only faced 23 shots, he kept his team in the game early and late in picking up his 10th win of the season in just his 16th game.
Peter Bondra’s goal with 15:32 to play was the game-winner. Adam Oates fired a pass from the side boards to Bondra, who was alone in the slot and beat Buffalo goaltender Steve Shields high on the glove side.
It was Bondra’s 10th goal and third against the Sabres in three games.
Buffalo had tied the game 2-2 jist 65 seconds earlier on Derek Plante’s fourth goal. Michal Grosek’s pass was misplayed by Washington defenseman Mark Tinordi and Plante slid the puck past Kolzig.
Brad May’s second goal of the season at 8:43 of the first period put Buffalo ahead 1-0.
The Capitals tied the game at 7:30 of the second on a power-play goal by Richard Zednik. Kelly Miller gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead at 6:33.
Washington, which defeated Pittsburgh 4-1 Wednesday, is now 2-0 on its three-game road trip. The Capitals improved to 7-1-1 when leading after two periods.
Shields stopped 32 shots in place of Dominik Hasek, who was benched by coach Linday Ruff after Monday’s poor performance against Edmonton. The Sabres are winless in their last four games (0-2-2).