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, Ovechkin set up in his familiar spot in the left circle and drill...
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