BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - With nine regular players out of the lineup due to injury, the Buffalo Sabres, along with their young group of call-ups, beat the Washington Capitals on Saturday 5-1.
Luke Adam and Jason Pominville scored first period goals for Buffalo.
Washington's Jason Chimera scored on a penalty shot in the second period, but just 27 seconds later, Sabres rookie Zack Kassian snapped home his first NHL goal to give Buffalo a 3-1 lead. Kassian also had five hits on the night.
Adam and Jochen Hecht scored in the third period. Hecht's marker was shorthanded. It was his third game this season after returning from a concussion.
Defenseman Brayden McNabb made his NHL debut in the contest. He was called up because of Robyn Regehr's upper-body injury. McNabb had a game-high six hits.
Paul Szczechura replaced Drew Stafford in the lineup. Stafford is day-to-day with a lower-body issue. Szczechura had two assists.
Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves for the win. Tomas Vokoun stopped 23 shots.
The Sabres next host the New York Islanders on Tuesday.