A slow start sank the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. The Washington Capitals used an early lead to defeat Buffalo 6-1 at Capital One Arena.
Defenseman Henri Jokiharju scored the Sabres’ lone goal for the first of his career. Linus Ullmark made 28 saves.
Buffalo outshot the Capitals 34-30. Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots for Washington.
The Sabres are now 9-3-2 on the season and have yet to go back-to-back games without earning a point.
Things got out of hand pretty quickly for Buffalo. Washington scored four times in the game’s opening 10:44.
First, Jakub Vrana opened the scoring 6:17 in on a breakaway. Then on Chandler Stephenson put a deke on Ullmark to finish a 4-on-1 rush to make it 2-0 just 42 seconds later.
Vrana scored his second at the 9:29 mark and then Brendan Leipsic tallied to put the Capitals ahead by four. Washington’s first four goals came within a span of 4:27.
Jokiharju gets his first career goal! ?
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