WASHINGTON (AP) - Marcus Johansson scored his eighth goal of the season, Philipp Grubauer made 29 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 on Friday night.
Daniel Winnick and Brett Connolly also scored to help Washington close its five-game homestand with its fourth victory.
Sam Reinhart's third-period goal helped Buffalo's NHL-worst offense avoid being shut out for the third this time this season. The Sabres' are averaging 1.81 goals.
Anders Nilsson made 29 stops for the Sabres, as Washington's Braden Holtby and Buffalo's Robin Lehner - each teams' No. 1 - were given the night off.