BUF Buffalo Sabres 1
Buffalo Sabres Sabres Overall (20-16)
ATS (23-13)
O/U (18-16-2)
December 21 2018
- NBCSN
WSH Washington Capitals 2
Washington Capitals Capitals Overall (21-13)
ATS (17-17)
O/U (19-13-2)
Final
Money Line Total: 6½ Puck Line ATS
123
2425 Buffalo Sabres +155 Under -125 (+1.5) -170 Cover: 0.5
001
2426 Washington Capitals -175 Over +105 (-1.5) +150 UNDER: 3
011
Final
Money Line Total: 6½ Puck Line ATS
2425 BUF +155 Under: -125 (+1.5) -170 Cover: 0.5
2426 WSH -175 Over: +105 (-1.5) +150 UNDER: 3
Line Movement
Money Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Money Line
12/21/2018
6:03 PM
WSH
-175
BUF
+155
12/21/2018
5:18 PM
WSH
-175
BUF
+155
12/21/2018
1:24 PM
WSH
-175
BUF
+155
12/21/2018
9:24 AM
WSH
-175
BUF
+155
12/21/2018
7:15 AM
WSH
-170
BUF
+150
12/20/2018
8:12 PM
WSH
-165
BUF
+145
Puck Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Puck Line
12/21/2018
6:03 PM
WSH(-1.5)
+150
BUF
-170
12/21/2018
5:18 PM
WSH(-1.5)
+150
BUF
-170
12/21/2018
1:24 PM
WSH(-1.5)
+150
BUF
-170
12/21/2018
9:24 AM
WSH(-1.5)
+150
BUF
-170
12/21/2018
7:15 AM
WSH(-1.5)
+160
BUF
-180
12/20/2018
8:12 PM
WSH(-1.5)
+160
BUF
-180
Total
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Total
12/21/2018
6:03 PM

+105

-125
12/21/2018
5:18 PM

-105

-115
12/21/2018
1:24 PM

-110

-110
12/21/2018
9:24 AM

EVEN

-120
12/21/2018
7:15 AM

EVEN

-120
12/20/2018
8:12 PM

EVEN

-120
Recap

WASHINGTON (AP) — Braden Holtby and Tom Wilson gave the Washington Capitals another two points in the standings.

Holby made 36 saves, Wilson broke a tie with seven minutes left and the Stanley Cup champion Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Friday night.

Evgeny Kuznetsov started the winning play when he stole the puck from goalie Carter Hutton behind the net. The center quickly fed Wilson just outside of the crease. Wilson has 10 goals in 15 games this season.

"Whenever the goalie is behind the net, you just try and get open, just in case," Wilson said. "(Kuznetsov) makes a great play, and you've just got to try and get it there before the goalie gets back in the net. It was good timing."

Still, the Capitals needed Holtby as Buffalo held a 37-24 edge in shots. The Sabres had 17 third-period shots, and Holtby made 16 saves in the final 20 minutes and came up big at the end

Washington was under pressure late as Nic Dowd was called for tripping with 2:12 left in the game. The Capitals then spent most of the final two minutes killing off that penalty, dealing with a six-on-four situation for nearly a minute as Buffalo pulled Hutton in favor of an extra attacker.

"(Holtby) was a big reason we were able to get two points tonight," Washington coach Todd Reirden said. "He was outstanding all game long. He had a huge role in us winning that game."

Holtby made a big play late in the second period by coming far out of his net to beat Rasmus Ristolainen to a loose puck and prevent a breakaway.

The goalie raced out past the circle to nearly the blue line and even swatted the puck away from Ristolainen and Buffalo teammate Conor Sheary.

"I thought I could get there," Holtby said. "I was thinking I'd kind of have to get down to try and seal the ice and get it out of the blue line there. I didn't really see the second guy coming so after that you just try and do whatever you can to keep it up."

Washington has won six of its last seven games and has beaten the Sabres twice at home in less than a week. Buffalo is 0-5-2 in its last seven games in Washington.

The first period was scoreless, and Buffalo could not convert on three good scoring chances in the first 1:30 of the second.

The Sabres then went on a power play 2:37 into the period, but Washington scored 13 seconds later with its second short-handed goal of the season. Dowd flipped a puck in the air from the Capitals' zone that sprung Chandler Stephenson on a breakaway, and he beat Hutton for his first career short-handed score.

Johan Larsson tied it for Buffalo at 9:01 of the third period, scoring from in close.

Buffalo coach Phil Housley thought his team played well and came up with many scoring chances but agreed that Holtby might have been the difference.

"Holtby played terrific," Housley said. "Give Holtby credit. He's a pretty good goaltender, and there's a reason why he won the Stanley Cup."

NOTES: Andre Burakovsky returned to the Washington lineup after missing the past four games as a healthy scratch but did not score a point. ... Housley played two seasons for Washington. ... Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner of Buffalo had seven-game points streaks end.

UP NEXT

Sabres: Host Anaheim on Saturday night.

Capitals: At Ottawa on Saturday night.

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Matchup
Sabres Overall
W/L 20-16
ATS 23-13
Goals For 3.0
Goals Against 2.9
Total 18-16-2
Sabres Away
W/L 9-10
ATS 15-4
Goals For 2.9
Goals Against 2.9
Total 8-9-2
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Capitals Overall
W/L 21-13
ATS 17-17
Goals For 3.7
Goals Against 3.0
Total 19-13-2
Capitals Home
W/L 11-7
ATS 7-11
Goals For 3.6
Goals Against 2.7
Total 9-7-2
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Game Summary
1st Period
BUF 15:28 Penalty to Jeff Skinner 2 minutes for Hooking (Drawn by Evgeny Kuznetsov)
WSH 11:32 Penalty to Tom Wilson 2 minutes for Hooking (Drawn by Casey Mittelstadt)
2nd Period
WSH 17:23 Penalty to Jonas Siegenthaler 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Conor Sheary)
WSH 17:10 Shorthanded - GOAL scored by Chandler Stephenson assisted by Nic DowdBUF 0 WSH 1
BUF 12:48 Penalty to Evan Rodrigues 2 minutes for Holding (Drawn by Michal Kempny)
BUF 10:22 Penalty to Casey Mittelstadt 2 minutes for Holding (Drawn by Dmitry Orlov)
3rd Period
BUF 10:59 GOAL scored by Johan Larsson assisted by Tage Thompson and Rasmus RistolainenBUF 1 WSH 1
WSH 10:36 Penalty to Matt Niskanen 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Jeff Skinner)
WSH 7:00 GOAL scored by Tom Wilson assisted by Evgeny KuznetsovBUF 1 WSH 2
BUF 5:37 Penalty to Vladimir Sobotka 2 minutes for Hooking (Drawn by Lars Eller)
WSH 2:12 Penalty to Nic Dowd 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Casey Mittelstadt)
Box Score
Sabres
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Remi Elie (LW) 000100:009:39
Kyle Okposo (RW) 000200:0010:08
Evan Rodrigues (LW) 000102:0014:56
Zemgus Girgensons (LW) 000200:0012:20
Sam Reinhart (RW) 000600:0019:40
Conor Sheary (LW) 000410:0015:16
Jeff Skinner (LW) 000212:0020:05
Tage Thompson (RW) 011210:009:46
Vladimir Sobotka (LW) 000112:0015:15
Casey Mittelstadt (C) 000002:0010:59
Jack Eichel (C) 000210:0022:32
Johan Larsson (C) 101110:0014:45

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Rasmus Ristolainen (D) 011610:0024:27
Rasmus Dahlin (D) 000000:0022:59
Jake McCabe (D) 000220:0016:13
Lawrence Pilut (D) 000100:0017:04
Zach Bogosian (D) 000200:0021:15
Marco Scandella (D) 000210:0016:49

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Linus Ullmark (G) 0/00.000
Carter Hutton (G) 22/242.917LOSS
Capitals
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Chandler Stephenson (C) 101100:0010:46
Nicklas Backstrom (C) 000110:0018:32
Alex Ovechkin (LW) 000110:0020:21
T.J. Oshie (RW) 000120:0019:26
Lars Eller (C) 000110:0017:14
Brett Connolly (RW) 000000:0011:17
Nic Dowd (C) 011002:0011:44
Evgeny Kuznetsov (C) 011100:0018:44
Jakub Vrana (LW) 000510:0015:20
Andre Burakovsky (LW) 000200:008:56
Devante Smith-Pelly (RW) 000120:009:33
Tom Wilson (RW) 101402:0017:32

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Matt Niskanen (D) 000022:0021:03
Jonas Siegenthaler (D) 000042:0012:57
Dmitry Orlov (D) 000200:0020:22
John Carlson (D) 000310:0023:47
Michal Kempny (D) 000030:0018:08
Madison Bowey (D) 000110:0016:24

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Braden Holtby (G) 36/371.973WIN
Pheonix Copley (G) 0/00.000
Officials
Linesmen Pierre Racicot
Linesmen Jonny Murray
Referee Francis Charron
Referee Ghislain Hebert