Capitals struggle against Sabres

Caps suffer a 6-2 setback
Connor McMichael, Washington Capitals
Connor McMichael, Washington Capitals / Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Capitals got crushed by the Buffalo Sabres as the offense couldn't get anything going and Charlie Lindgren was left hung out to dry.

Martin Fehervary scored his third goal of the season to give the Caps their only lead of the night at 2:46. Michael Sgarbossa and Hendrix Lapierre had the assists and the goal came on a slapshot from downtown.

At 15:42 the Sabres tied it with a goal from Zemgus Girgensons. JJ Peterka then struck on the power play at 16:50. 2-1 was the score after one. The Sabres led in shots 13-4.

Peterka added his second of the night at 10:54. Dylan Strome struck on the power play to tie it at 19:14 aka the McNugget Minute. John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin helped out there. 2-2 was the score after two. The Sabres had the edge in shots 12-8 in the second period.

In the third the Sabres took the lead with a PPG from Rasmus Dahlin at 3:03. They added to that lead at 4:48 from Tage Thompson while Alex Tuch added the touchdown at 5:33. This wasn't that Bills vs. Commanders game from week 3 but it sure felt like it in terms of efforts by DC.

The Caps actually outshot Buffalo 13-10 in that final period. They were still outshot 35-25 overall. The fact they could only put up FOUR shots in that entire first period showed they weren't generating chances and weren't taking advantage when they had the chances.

The Caps had the edge in face off percentage 56.1 percent to 43.9 percent. Washington went one for three on the power play while Buffalo went two for two. The Caps led in hits 24-23 and 18-17 in blocked shots.

You just gotta forget this one happened and move on. Next up is the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.