Tom Wilson’s Third Period Goal Gives Caps Big 2-1 Win Over Sabres

The Washington Capitals bounced back from a tough loss to the Penguins 48 hours ago with a big win over the Sabres 2-1 Friday night at Capital One Arena. Chandler Stephenson put the Caps on the board and Wilson came up clutch with a clutch goal with seven minutes left in the game. Washington now leads the Metropolitan Division four points ahead of the Blue Jackets with an improved record of 21-10-3. 

Wilson continues a recent tear that solidifies his case as the hottest player in the NHL since mid-November. Wilson scored his 10th goal in his 15th game. He needs just four to match his career-high, which he set last season.

The Capitals and Sabres played an entertaining game last week that saw Washington prevail in the shootout. Six night’s later it was the clutchness of Willy that came through. The Caps took the early lead in the game with Chandler Stephenson’s third goal of the season.

Stephenson’s goal came early in the second period while the Caps were on the penalty kill. It was started with an interception from Nic Dowd to Stephenson while he broke away for the finish. That was Dowd’s seventh assist in his last nine games.

The Sabres lone goal came from Johan Larsson nearly midway through the third before Wilson came up big. Other than that, Braden Holtby stood tall in another good outing between the pipes. Holtby stopped 36 of the 37 shots he faced Friday night for a .973 save percentage in the win.

The Caps got one more game before the Christmas break where they’ll head to Ottawa to take on the Senators. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.

Merry Christmas Caps fans!

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