Eichel, power play lifts Sabres past Capitals in shootout

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WASHINGTON — Linus Ullmark made 28 saves and stopped all three attempts in the shootout to help the Buffalo Sabres defeat the Washington Capitals 4-3 at Capital One Arena on Sunday.

The Capitals played their second game without forwards Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov, defenseman Dmitry Orlov and goalie Ilya Samsonov, who each will be out at least four games in accordance with NHL COVID-19 protocols.

Colin Miller, Victor Olofsson and Eric Staal each scored a power-play goal, and Jack Eichel scored in the shootout for the Sabres (2-3-1), who lost to the Capitals 4-3 in a shootout on Friday.

Ullmark made a save on Nicklas Backstrom on a breakaway with 45 seconds remaining in overtime.

Backstrom and Justin Schultz each had a goal and an assist for Washington (3-0-3). T.J. Oshie scored, and Vitek Vanecek made 45 saves.

Staal gave the Sabres a 3-2 lead with a one-timer from the right circle at 7:24 of the third but Backstrom’s power-play goal tied it 3-3 when he banked a shot in off Ullmark from behind the goal line at 9:28.

Oshie’s deflection of a Schultz shot on a power play gave Washington a 2-1 lead at 11:51 of the second but Olofsson’s one-timer off a cross-ice pass from Sam Reinhart tied the game 2-2 at 13:04.

Schultz gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead at 6:58 of the first period when his screened shot from the right point got between Ullmark’s pads. It was his first goal with the Capitals after signing a two-year contract on Oct. 9.

Miller scored on slap shot from the center point at 10:07 of the second period to tie the game 1-1.

Forward Connor McMichael, the No. 25 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, replaced Tom Wilson (lower body) in the lineup and made his NHL debut. He had one shot on goal in 9:54 of ice time.

The Capitals had won the first three games against the Sabres this season, and nine straight home games against them dating to March 3, 2015. It was the longest active streak in the NHL against one opponent.

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