Caps Beat Sabres in Pre-Season Shootout Spectacular

Posted September 30, 2011

(Photos by Alena Schwarz)

The Caps beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in a pre-season shootout on Friday. After trailing the Sabres, 2-1, at the end of the first, both teams would trade goals in the second before the Caps tied it up in the dying minutes of the third period. After an unexciting overtime, the teams went into the shootout. It took seven rounds before Nicklas Backstrom finally netted the winning goal.

In regulation, Backstrom, Mike Green and Matt Hendricks scored for the Caps while Thomas Vanek potted two goals and Jason Pominville added one of his own for the Sabres.

In that epic, seven-round shootout, the Caps got the ball rolling with an Alex Ovechkin goal in the second round. However, it was matched by Nathan Gerbe. Both teams traded off another set of goals by Alexander Semin and Pominville. Vokoun made the last, solid save on Luke Adams’ shot to secure the win for Washington.

Three Stars of the Game:

1. Mike Green

2. Thomas Vanek

3. Troy Brouwer

(Photos by Alena Schwarz)