WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBW) - The Buffalo Sabres ended a two-month road winless drought that stretched back to November 5th with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Washington Capitals Sunday afternoon.
Forwards Cody Hodgson and Ville Leino provided a boost as they returned to the Sabres line-up, but the story of the game was Buffalo's goaltender.
Ryan Miller stopped 27 of 28 shots, including a number of highlight reel saves, none bigger than a desperation stop with the paddle of his stick on Mikhail Grabovski late in the third period to keep the game tied at one.
The Capitals opened the scoring when a puck deflected off the stick of Brian Flynn and into the Sabres net just over 11 minutes into the game. The goal was credited to Jason Chimera.
The Sabres would answer on the power play with less than two-minutes left in the first period.
A shot by Christian Erhoff made its way to Tyler Ennis who put it past Philipp Grubauer to tie the game.
The two sides skated through a scoreless second and third period and an extra frame before heading to the shootout.
Cody Hodgson made his return felt when he beat Grubauer as the last shooter in the shootout to clinch the win for the Sabres. Ryan Miller stopped all three Washington shooter.
Buffalo returns home to host Philadelphia on Tuesday.