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Caps win third in a row

Forward Jakub Vrana puts the puck past Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner in the second period of the Capitals’ 4-1 win.

Associated Press

Forward Jakub Vrana puts the puck past Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner in the second period of the Capitals’ 4-1 win.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — T.J. Oshie and Marcus Johansson each scored a goal, Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves and the Capitals beat the Sabres 4-1 Friday night for their third straight win.

Jakub Vrana and John Carlson also scored, helping Washington beat Buffalo for the third time in 15 days.

Kyle Okposo had a goal and Robin Lehner made 25 saves for Buffalo. The Sabres have lost three of four.

Oshie gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead 6:43 into the second period when he lifted a shot from the right edge of the crease past Lehner. Jay Beagle drew two defenders into the corner and sent the puck back to a wide open Oshie for his ninth goal of the season.

Vrana scored his first NHL goal on a power play to make it 2-0 with 7:21 left in the second. Evgeny Kuznetsov set up the goal, skating in from the right boards and sliding a backhand to Vrana in front for the tap-in. Kuznetsov has four assists in his past three games.

Grubauer made 10 saves in the second period, one on a point-blank shot from Sabres center Jack Eichel that bounced off the back of the goaltender's skate.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Brandon Dubinsky scored a tiebreaking goal in the second period and the visiting Blue Jackets won their fifth straight, 4-1 over the Red Wings. … Robby Fabbri scored twice and Vladimir Tarasenko had three assists, lifting the visiting Blues over the Devils 4-1.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook sat out with an upper-body injury. … The Islanders locked up right wing Cal Clutterbuck to a five-year extension worth of $3.5 million per year. … The Coyotes acquired center Peter Holland from the Maple Leafs for a 2018 conditional draft choice.

Caps win third in a row 12/09/16 [Last modified: Friday, December 9, 2016 11:03pm]
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