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NYI
3
NJD
2
FINAL
PHI
0
NYR
2
FINAL
EDM
2
COL
5
FINAL
WPG
2
BOS
4
FINAL
WSH
1
BUF
5
FINAL OT
PIT
4
MTL
3
FINAL
FLA
1
TBL
5
FINAL
NSH
1
DET
4
FINAL
DAL
0
PHX
3
FINAL
VAN
3
SJS
2
FINAL
CHI
2
LAK
1

Adam's pair leads Sabres past Caps

NHL.com | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

The injury-plagued Buffalo Sabres found a way Saturday night.

Luke Adam scored twice, Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves, and Zack Kassian scored his first NHL goal to help injury-riddled Buffalo beat the Washington Capitals 5-1 at the First Niagara Center.

Despite playing without nine regulars -- including defenseman Robyn Regehr (upper body) and forward Drew Stafford (lower body), who were both hurt Friday night in a loss to Columbus -- the Sabres played one of their best games of the year to snap a three-game winless streak.

"It was great to get through this one without any injuries," Sabres captain Jason Pominville said. "It's fun to see guys come up, be prepared, and be ready to play."

Enroth made his seventh straight start for injured starter Ryan Miller (concussion).

Along with Miller, Regehr, and Stafford, the Sabres were also without forwards Tyler Ennis (ankle), Cody McCormick (upper body), Brad Boyes (right leg), Patrick Kaleta (lower body), and defensemen Tyler Myers (broken wrist), and Mike Weber (upper body).

The Sabres have had three players make their NHL debut in each of the last three games. Against Washington, it was defenseman Brayden McNabb's turn after being recalled from Rochester of the AHL, while journeyman Paul Szczechura also was drecalled from Rochester on Saturday and picked up a pair of assists.

It was Szczechura's first NHL action since April 2, 2010, when he was with the Tampa Bay Lightning .

"It's the longest (injury) list I've seen since I've been here," said Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff, who began his Sabres coaching career in 1997.

Kassian, Buffalo's top prospect, played in his first NHL game against the Blue Jackets, and his first goal of his career came just 27 seconds after Washington's Jason Chimera converted a penalty shot in the second period to cut the Sabres' lead to 2-1.

"We have a lot of guys out of the lineup, so as a call-up you just want to keep it simple, work hard every night, and do your job," Kassian said. "You have to try and give your team a chance to win, and play your role. You're not going out there to be a game changer."

Pominville and Jochen Hecht also scored to help the Sabres (13-9-1) win for the first time in four games at home.

"You have to play hard every night regardless if you have your full lineup or not," said Adam, who had his second two-goal game of the season and his career. "You can't afford to make mistakes, and you need everyone going every night."

The Capitals (12-9-1) looked very much like the team that has been listless throughout a 3-7-1 stretch. They've now lost four straight on the road by a combined score of 19-4.

"We try our best and know how we have to play, but we don't play," said Alex Ovechkin, who was a minus-4, tying a career high. "We make mistakes in our zone and it costs us goals and costs us games."

Tomas Vokoun had little help in front of him, and finished with 23 saves.

"This group has got to learn how to be mentally strong," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It hasn't had a lot of adversity in the last four years, unless it was in the playoffs. Now we've reached some adversity, and some guys are having a hard time with it."

Adam extended Buffalo's lead to 4-1 just 1:12 into the third with his second of the game, sending a wrist shot past Vokoun from the right circle.

Hecht made it 5-1 with a breakaway goal while Buffalo was short-handed with 5:21 left in the third.

Chimera converted his penalty shot attempt 6:39 into the second to make it 2-1. He was hauled down by Buffalo defenseman Christian Ehrhoff.

Kassian pushed Buffalo's lead to 3-1 when his snap shot from the right circle squirted between Vokoun's pads.

Adam opened the scoring midway through the first period, snapping home a shot from the slot after Washington defenseman Dennis Wideman's clearing attempt went off of Szczechura.

Pominville made it 2-0 with 4:37 left in the first when he banged home a rebound from in tight.

"The last couple of weeks have been rough on the injury front," Adam said. "The guys that have come up have done an awesome job."

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.
Scoring Summary
1st Period
10:47BUF Luke Adam (7) ASST: Paul Szczechura (1) 1 - 0 BUF
15:23BUF Jason Pominville (9) ASST: Thomas Vanek (14), Christian Ehrhoff (10) 2 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
06:39WSH PS - Jason Chimera (9) ASST: NONE 2 - 1 BUF
07:06BUF Zack Kassian (1) ASST: Andrej Sekera (4), Derek Roy (10) 3 - 1 BUF
3rd Period
01:12BUF Luke Adam (8) ASST: Paul Szczechura (2), Ville Leino (4) 4 - 1 BUF
14:39BUF SHG - Jochen Hecht (1) ASST: Nathan Gerbe (9), Christian Ehrhoff (11) 5 - 1 BUF
Three Stars of the Game
Luke Adam
1st
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 12:17
Paul Szczechura
2nd
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 9:33
Christian Ehrhoff
3rd
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 27:32
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:21WSH Jeff Schultz  Holding against  Paul Gaustad
2nd Period
03:42BUF Andrej Sekera  Slashing against  Alex Ovechkin
12:00BUF Paul Gaustad  Tripping against  Troy Brouwer
12:28WSH Nicklas Backstrom  Cross checking against  Jason Pominville
18:38BUF Ville Leino  Tripping against  Alexander Semin
18:38WSH Alexander Semin  Diving
3rd Period
13:36BUF Zack Kassian  Hi-sticking against  Marcus Johansson
16:50BUF Derek Roy  Closing hand on puck
shots by period
PeriodWSHBUF
1st712
2nd89
3rd127
Total2728
Team Stats
CategoryWSHBUF
Power Plays0/40/2
Hits2629
Faceoff Wins3226
Giveaways88
Takeaways212
Blocked Shots1010
Penalty Minutes610
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