Caps rip Sabres with balanced scoring

Washington, DC ( - Braden Holtby needed to make just 16 saves, while six different players lit the lamp as Washington trounced Buffalo, 6-1, at Verizon Center.

Curtis Glencross led the way with a goal and two assists for the Capitals, who have won three of their last four. Alex Ovechkin and Jay Beagle added a score and helper each, while Brooks Laich, Joel Ward and Marcus Johansson also tallied.

"I think we benefitted a little bit. They (Sabres) were in Ottawa last night. It is a lot harder trip than people realize," said Capitals coach Barry Trotz. "We had to do that earlier in the year and it is a real tough trip. Last night, they competed. Got to give Buffalo a lot of credit, but we worked today. We talked about responding, trying to build our game and coming after them."

Johan Larsson provided the lone offense for the Sabres, losers of four straight.

Matt Hackett took the loss, pulled after allowing four goals on 23 shots in almost 34 minutes. Anders Lindback finished up yielding two scores on 22 shots.

Larsson opened the scoring for the Sabres just 2:35 in, but Glencross netted his second in as many games with the Caps at 5:15 and started the hosts' deluge of red lights.

Washington went up 2-1 at 5:27 of the second on Beagle's first goal in 10 games and Ovechkin's trademark power-play blast from the left circle made it a two-goal margin at 9:31.

Laich then ripped one home top shelf from between the circles to give the Caps a 4-1 edge and Lindback was summoned. He foiled Ovechkin's bid to increase the lead on a penalty shot with 38.8 seconds left by closing up his pads.

"Playing last night, getting in at three in the morning, I just felt our fatigue really clicked in in the second period," said Buffalo coach Ted Nolan. "We didn't seem to have any kind of legs underneath us, and they took advantage."

Ward's marker at 3:41 of the third on a Capitals power play boosted the hosts' lead to four.

Johansson closed out the rout by knocking home his own rebound off a stuffer try inside of three minutes remaining.

Game Notes

Caps center Nicklas Backstrom recorded a pair of helpers, tying him with Michal Pivonka for the franchise record of 418 assists ... Ovechkin is one back of both men ... Laich hadn't scored since Jan. 7 at Toronto, snapping a 26-game drought ... Prior to the contest, the Sabres recalled Hackett from Rochester of the AHL, also assigning forward Mikhail Grigorenko and goaltender Andrey Makarov to Rochester.