BUFFALO — Vitek Vanecek made 30 saves in his NHL debut in a 2-1 win for the Washington Capitals against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Friday.
Tom Wilson had a goal and an assist for the Capitals (2-0-0), who won their second straight against Buffalo.
Rasmus Ristolainen scored and Linus Ullmark made 19 saves for the Sabres (0-2-0)
Jakub Vrana put the Capitals ahead 1-0 at 1:34 of the second period when Wilson sent him in on a break at the blue line.
Ristolainen’s shot from the point tied it 1-1, beating a screened Vanecek 31 seconds into the third period.
Wilson made it 2-1 from the right circle at 7:47.
Vanecek was selected by the Capitals in the second round (No. 39) in the 2014 NHL Draft. The 25-year-old from the Czech Republic played the previous five seasons for Hershey in the American Hockey League.