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Sabres Fall Flat in Nation’s Capital

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The Sabres looked to build off of their hot October but were quickly overwhelmed by the Capitals.

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Final Score: Capitals 6 | Sabres 1

Shots on Goal: Sabres 30 | Capitals 34

Sabres Goal Scorers: Henri Jokiharju (1)

Capitals Goal Scorers: Jakub Vrana (5, 6), Chandler Stephenson (2), Brendan Liepsic (1), Tom Wilson (5), T.J. Oshie (8)

Plus 1: Henri Jokiharju

For the first time in his young National Hockey League career, Henri Jokiharju scored a goal in a regular season game.

Certainly not the way many, including him, had envisioned it but at the end of the day, a goal is a goal.

Jokiharju has enjoyed a strong start to his first season with the Buffalo Sabres. One can only imagine that getting his first goal in the books will only add more confidence to Jokiharju, who seems quite confident as is.

Minus 1: A Bad Game Across The Board

As pointed out by our own Chad DeDominicis, it was a bad game for all involved this evening.

As you can tell by the fancy stats mentioned above, it was a forgetful Friday night for most Buffalo Sabres involved.

Hit the reset button, maybe shake up lines and pairings - with Brandon Montour potentially returning - and try again.

It is a long season and games like this will unfortunately happen.

Minus 2: Johan Larsson, Meet Tom Wilson

Ouch. It never feels good when Tom Wilson cleans out your clock with an open ice hit.

This is the equivalent of adding insult to injury. Buffalo was getting handled easily by Washington and then Tom Wilson lays the boom.

Just forget about the game and move on.

Final Thoughts

There does not appear to be much to take from this game on Buffalo’s side of the fence. If you ended up watching all 60 minutes, you are a stronger person than most.

Offensively, the spark seems to have faded a little - at least in this game.

Defensively, Buffalo’s struggles continued. Normally, the offensive success can mask their defensive struggles but tonight did not play out like that.

Buffalo is lucky enough to be able to employ a short-term memory - they play Saturday night at the KeyBank Center.

Unfortunately, the good news ends there.

Buffalo will play host to the New York Islanders, who have won eight games in a row.

If it isn’t one thing, it is another - right?