Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/20/14
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WASHINGTON - It's no secret that Alex Ovechkin is the straw that stirs the Washington Capitals' drink, and on Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres he showed why. Ovechkin's power-play goal 5:11 into the third period stood up as the game-winner as the Capitals held on to give first-year coach Adam Oates his first victory behind the bench with a 3-2 win in front of a soldout crowd at Verizon Center. "I would have hoped it would come sooner," Oates said of his first win. "But I'm glad." The Capitals improved to 1-3-1 with the win, while the Sabres dropped to 2-3-0. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said he would have liked to see his team create more traffic in front of Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who recorded 22 saves. "As a team, we just have to do a better job in front of their net," Ruff said. "We're not getting enough bodies there." With Sabres defenseman Alexander Sulzer in the penalty box for delay of game, Ovech...
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