WASHINGTON (AP) Washington goalie
Whatever he did worked.
Grubauer made 32 saves in relief of normal starter
''When the puck drops, it's all business,'' said the German-born Grubauer, who also turned 25 on the day his parents first watched their son in an NHL arena. ''But it's pretty special for me. It's one of my favorite moments.''
Connolly's goal on a late third-period power play added some needed insurance.
With Holtby resting for Saturday's game at Toronto, Grubauer made 26 saves after the first intermission, and seven seven came against a Buffalo power play that entered Friday ranked ninth in efficiency.
''He played really well, (and) we played well in front of him,'' Capitals coach Barry Trotz said of Grubauer, who has won three of his five starts. ''When things got a little hairy on the penalty kill, he came up with a couple of big stops.''
''We don't have the bounces with us right now,'' Nilsson said. ''We've been having to work really hard for every goal we score. Hopefully we can turn it around soon.''
Two days after
Winnik put Washington ahead early in the first after
Johansson made it 2-0 about a third of the way through the second on another broken play that began when he found
Williams tried to pass across the crease to
Reinhart cut it to 2-1 midway through the third. But the Capitals added insurance on their fourth power play with 3:55 left, as Connolly slammed home a rebound after Ovechkin forced Nilsson into another pad save.
''It was a good time of the game to get one,'' Connolly said. ''They were coming pretty hard there and it was good to see that one go in.''
Buffalo was left frustrated by its inability to find a similar goal.
''I think we could've probably had more than a handful of scoring chances with the power play, but nothing to show for it,'' Bylsma said.
NOTES: The Capitals have earned at least a point in 13 of their last 15 home games against the Sabres. ... The Sabres have scored two goals or fewer in 12 of their last 13 games. ... Washington RW
Sabres: Close a two-game road trip at Ottawa on Tuesday.
Capitals: Conclude their fourth back-to-back set of the season at Toronto on Saturday.