Jack Eichel posted a cryptic tweet on Thursday afternoon.
The superstar’s message had only a single character: an emoji.
Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said after the NHL Draft that he expected the team’s third goaltender, Craig Anderson, to retire over the offseason.
Craig instead opted to come back for his 19th season after inking a one-year pact with the Buffalo Sabres on the first day of free agency. The deal will play Anderson the veteran minimum of $750k.
During the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season, the Buffalo Sabres tied the 2003-04 Penguins for the longest losing streak in NHL history (18 games). On Wednesday, they were rewarded by lady luck for their sheer and unfathomable terribleness.
The Sabres won the 2021 Draft Lottery for the second time in franchise history. According to the NHL’s PR, Buffalo’s draft lottery win marks the third time since 2016 that the team in the No. 1 position has retained the No. 1 overall pick (Toronto in 2016, Buffalo in 2018 and 2021).
The Sabres will have the opportunity to select 6-foot-6 defenseman Owen Power with the first overall pick (if they so choose).
The Washington Capitals laid a big ole egg against a very bad Buffalo Sabres team on Thursday night. The boys from Buffalo brought the Caps down 5-2 on Nicklas Backstrom’s big night.
The Sabres outshot the Caps 30 to 29.
A celebration of one of the all-time greats and a date with the Buffalo Sabres was on tap for Thursday night. Could the Caps pick up the two points in honor of Nicklas Backstrom’s 1,000th career NHL game?
Sam Reinhart deflected home the first of the evening, but Dmitry Orlov responded in the McNugget minute to have things still deadlocked after twenty minutes. Victor Olofsson and Casey Mittelstadt picked top corners to put the Sabres up two before Anthony Mantha tapped home his second Caps goal to cut the lead in half.
Anders Bjork restored that lead not long after. Tage Thompson empty netter.
Sabres beat Caps 5-2.
Tonight is the night. Yes, Nicklas Backstrom will be playing in his 1000th game, so he is the proverbial “belle of the ball” but something else is also occurring. We are done with the Sabres. This is the final one and it would’ve been cool if the Caps were going for the series sweep, but due to the pesky shootout loss in February…we will have to settle for a potential seven wins out of eight. Hard life.
Puck will be dropping at 7 PM and Christopher will have your recap, supplemented by some witty tweets.
The Washington Capitals “got back on track” with a win against the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 that puts the Caps back even with the New York Islanders for first in the East Division. Find out why I put part of that sentence in quotes below.
Shots finished tied at 33 apiece and the Caps out-attempted the Sabres at five-on-five 49 to 48.
An unrested Washington Capitals team received a gift of a road game from the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. The Caps didn’t need a lot to win this one, and still they just barely managed.
Brenden Dillon, of all people, scored the game’s first goal, a one-timer from the blue line. Alex Ovechkin banked a shot off one of the Rasmii to make it 2-0, but Henri Jokiharju got Buffalo on the board with a screened shot later that period.
Early in the second, the Sabres ceded a shooting lane to Justin Schultz, but later he anticipated an icing call that never came, allowing Casey Mittelstadt to score.
Jakub Vrana roofed the puck halfway through the third to grow Washington’s lead, but Tage Thompson drew Buffalo within one late in the game.
Vitek Vanecek will start his 27th game of the season against the Buffalo Sabres, Friday.
Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette announced the news in his pregame press conference two hours before puck drop.
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