Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/24/14
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Alex Ovechkin scored early and late, Tomas Vokoun made 25 saves, and the Washington Capitals got one back against one of their worst nemesis of the season Friday night, beating the Buffalo Sabres 3-1. One of Ovechkin's two goals was actually a pass attempt that got deflected into the net, but the Capitals captain has five goals in seven games, a further sign that he is emerging from the spotty play that has run parallel to Washington's slow start. The former two-time NHL MVP has 14 goals on the season. Nicklas Backstrom also scored his 13th of the season - his 100th career NHL goal - for the Capitals. Alexander Semin had a pair of assists for his second multipoint game in a row. Jochen Hecht scored for the Sabres. Ryan Miller made 18 saves. The Capitals have had two of their most deflating performances in Buffalo this season, losing 5-1 in the last game before coach Bruce Boudreau was fired. They then fell behind 4-0 in a 4-2 loss on the day after Christmas, showing they still ...
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