Last night the Capitals kept on rolling by beating the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 for their second win in a row (and sixth in their last ten.) Goaltender Philipp Grubauer played a standout game and ticked off the “W” in front of his parents and girlfriend. And the depth chipped in some welcome scoring, with Daniel Winnik and Brett Connolly both finding the back of the net.
Not long ago we discussed some worrying trends after a loss to the Blue Jackets, and while this wasn’t a dominant game, the Caps have continued to climb out of their mini-rut. They have been above 50 percent possession in seven of their last nine games, and have had the better of scoring chances in five of those.
The Caps won the possession battle again, coming in 43-40 at even strength. They were outshot 66-64 overall, however, as the Sabres had a few deadly looking power plays that failed to convert.
The Caps have little time to rest, and will need to dig deep to deal with a young and fast Toronto Maple Leafs team at 7pm tonight.
Stats courtesy of NaturalStatTrick.com, Corsica.Hockey, and Hockeystats.ca. Headline Photo: Patrick McDermott/NHLI.
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