Ovechkin, Capitals hope to carry momentum over break

Buffalo (16-13-5) at Washington (21-11-3), 7:00 pm EST

WASHINGTON (Ticker) — Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals
had plenty of reasons to celebrate this Christmas.

Ovechkin and the Capitals hope their good fortunes continue
Friday when they meet the Buffalo Sabres.

The reigning Hart Trophy winner, Ovechkin netted a pair of goals
and defenseman Shaone Morrisonn scored the game-winner in
overtime as Washington rallied from a four-goal deficit to
defeat the New York Rangers, 5-4, on Tuesday.

Nicklas Backstrom had three assists and rookie defenseman Sean
Collins collected his first career point for the Southeast
Division-leading Capitals, who have won six of their last seven

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The 23-year-old Ovechkin leads Washington with 22 goals and 46
points this season.

The Sabres are hoping to avoid their third straight loss after
suffering back-to-back 4-3 overtime losses to the Montreal
Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday and Monday,

Buffalo has been fueled offensively by Thomas Vanek, who ranks
second in the league – behind Philadelphia’s Jeff Carter – with
24 goals. The 24-year-old Vanek has recorded just six assists
on the campaign.