Sabres lose 4th straight, fall to Capitals 3-1

Buffalo Sabres

Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) scores a goal against Buffalo Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark (35) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 for their second consecutive victory.

Nicklas Backstrom scored on the power play in the first period, Tom Wilson short-handed in the second and Conor Sheary at even strength in the third.

Vitek Vanecek made 22 saves in his 12th consecutive start.

Buffalo has lost four in a row and three since returning from two-week shutdown for a virus outbreak.

Victor Olofsson scored and Linus Ullmark made 18 saves for the Sabres.

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