The second half of back-to-backs are hard. Doing it on the road is even harder.
The Caps got out shot 9-3 in the first half of the first period, but they survived. The Caps continued to get out shot pretty badly in the first, but Grubauer stood tall, making 15 saves in the opening frame.
In the second period, Grubauer could be perfect no more. Jack Eichel toyed with both Lars Eller and Brooks Orpik before finding Evander Kane in front of the net to put Buffalo on top 1-0. Late in the second, Devante Smith-Pelly made a sweet pass to Alex Ovechkin and you know how this one ended. Game tied 1-1 after two.
A little over three minutes into the third, Benoit Pouliot took advantage of Jakub Vrana and Brooks Orpik being back on defense to put Buffalo back on top 2-1. The Caps made a late push but couldn’t find the back of the net. Kane added an empty netter for Buffalo.
Sabres beat Caps 3-1.