Buffalo Sabres

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How it happened: Evgeny Kuznetsov took a slow and deliberate approach on Buffalo goal

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Nicklas Backstrom took a hard hit to the boards from Buffalo's Mike Weber and Alex Ovechkin did not like it.

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Coming off his eighth shutout of the season, Braden Holtby will get the start tonight in Buffalo against the Sabres, Capitals coach Barry Trotz said in his 5 p.m. news conference.

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News and notes as the Capitals [37-23-10, 84 points] visit the Buffalo Sabres [19-43-6, 44 points] at FirstNiagaraCenter [7 p.m., CSN+, NBCSN]:

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Alexander Ovechkin scored on the man advantage against the Rangers, giving him more power play goals (21) than the Sabres (20) this season.

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