Drew Stafford scores twice to lead Sabres to 5-2 win over Capitals

Drew Stafford had two third-period goals and Clarke MacArthur also scored in helping Buffalo snap a season-worst three-game home losing streak. Dainius Zubrus had two assists in his first game against his former team; the Sabres acquired the forward in a deal with the Capitals last month.

The Eastern Conference-leading Sabres (47-19-7) joined Nashville in becoming the second NHL team to reach the 100-point mark this season.

Brian Pothier and Donald Brashear scored for the Capitals (26-35-13), who continue displaying the telltale inconsistencies of a young team. Besides dropping to 1-8-2 in their past 11 road games, the Capitals failed to build off two home wins in which they outscored their opponents by a combined 12-2, including a 7-1 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday.

The Sabres, coming off a 2-0-2 four-game road swing, can thank their power-play unit for finally coming to life.

Buffalo converted two of four power-play chances to end a seven-game drought – the team’s longest since 2003-04. The Sabres had squandered 25 consecutive power-play chances before Roy opened the scoring 40 seconds into the second period.

Buffalo never trailed and took control with a three-goal second period.

Roy’s goal came courtesy of a fortunate bounce after Dmitri Kalinin’s shot from inside the blue-line sailed wide and high. The puck bounced to the right of the net, where Roy slid it in the open side with goalie Olaf Kolzig looking the other way.

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Briere sealed the win, putting the Sabres up 3-1 late in the frame when he scored on a wraparound after Zubrus forced a turnover behind the Capitals’ net.

Briere’s goal was his 30th of the season, giving the Sabres an NHL-best four players with 30 or more. It marks the first time Buffalo has had four 30-goal scorers since 1990-91.

Notes: The Sabres had a goal disallowed seven minutes in when officials correctly ruled Stafford directed the puck in with his glove. . . . Capitals LW Matt Pettinger, who missed his ninth game with a broken thumb, is expected to return within the next two games. . . . Sabres D Toni Lydman missed his third game with what the team is referring to as an upper body injury. . . . With nine games remaining, the Sabres are six wins short of breaking the the franchise record for victories set last year. . . . The Sabres’ two power-play goals were their most in 13 games, dating to a 6-3 win against Philadelphia on Feb. 20.