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Hodgson scores in shootout, Sabres end 11-game road skid with 2-1 win over Capitals

  • Washington Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski (84), from Germany, looks to pass as he defended by Buffalo Sabres right wing Matt D'Agostini (27) in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Washington Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski (84), from Germany, looks to pass as he defended by Buffalo Sabres right wing Matt D'Agostini (27) in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Buffalo Sabres center Steve Ott (9) checks Washington Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer (20) in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Buffalo Sabres center Steve Ott (9) checks Washington Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer (20) in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal with teammates in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal with teammates in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

Cody Hodgson decided a lackluster game with the only goal in the shootout, and the Buffalo Sabres avoided matching the longest road losing streak in franchise history with a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

Hodgson, returning after missing eight games with a hand injury, beat Philipp Grubauer in a skills contest that mirrored the rest of the game — not many quality chances, hardly any pucks in the net.

Tyler Ennis scored in the first period, and Ryan Miller made 28 saves for the Sabres, whose 11-game road skid was the second-longest in club history, behind a 12-game streak in the 2011-12 season.

Jason Chimera also scored in the opening period, and Grubauer made 30 saves for the Capitals, who have lost five of seven.