Buffalo downs Washington with big first period

Christian Ehrhoff scored the eventual game- goal first period, as the Buffalo Sabres 2, at First Niagara Center.

Jason Pominville, Matt Ellis and Brayden McNabb lit the lamp, while Ryan Miller made 20 saves in the victory for the Sabres, who snapped their three- game skid.

Alex Ovechkin and Matt Hendricks scored for the Capitals, who have lost two straight since beating Nashville, 4-1 on December 20. Michal Neuvirth gave up three goals on six shots in the loss and Tomas Vokoun stopped 16-of-17 pucks fired his way in relief.