BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Alexander Ovechkin matched Phil Esposito for sixth on the NHL’s career list with his 717th goal and the Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 6-0.
Ovechkin scored in the third period, helping send the Capitals to their fifth straight win with his 1,299th career point — one shy of becoming the 35th player to reach 1,300.
He scored from the slot off a pass from former Sabre Conor Sheary, who found Ovechkin cutting toward the net.
Ovechkin snapped a quick shot past Carter Hutton, who was screened.
Vitek Vanecek stopped 23 shots and improved to 4-0-1 against the Sabres.