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Sabres open season with 6-4 loss to Capitals

After an intense two weeks of training camp, the Buffalo Sabres hit the ice against the Washington Capitals on Thursday for their first game of the 2020-21 season – and their first since March 9 of last year.

In the first of a two-game set at KeyBank Center, the Capitals skated away with a 6-4 victory.

Taylor Hall, Tobias Rieder, Jake McCabe and Victor Olofsson scored for Buffalo while Washington’s top line of Alex Ovechkin (0+2), Nicklas Backstrom (1+1) and T.J. Oshie (1+2) along with defenseman John Carlson (1+1) found their way onto the scoresheet with multi-point efforts.

Sabres captain Jack Eichel picked up a pair of assists. He recorded 20 multi-point games last season. McCabe had a two-point night as well with a goal and an assist.

Carter Hutton made 22 saves while Ilya Samsonov stopped 22 shots as well for Washington.