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WATCH: Alex Ovechkin matches Brett Hull as Washington Capitals beat Buffalo Sabres

Nov 8, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Conor Sheary (73) and Buffalo Sabres right wing Tage Thompson (72) battle for the puck in front of Sabres goaltender Dustin Tokarski (31) during the first period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Conor Sheary (73) and Buffalo Sabres right wing Tage Thompson (72) battle for the puck in front of Sabres goaltender Dustin Tokarski (31) during the first period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Wilson scored twice to help the Washington Capitals to a 5-3 win against the visiting Buffalo Sabres on Monday.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 741st career goal to tie Brett Hull for fourth-most in NHL history and had two assists for Washington, which was 0-2-1 in the previous three games. Ovechkin’s second assist was the 600th of his career.

Cody Eakin and Anders Bjork scored, and Dustin Tokarski made 25 saves for the Sabres, who are 0-4-1 in their past five games.

Vitek Vanecek made 25 saves for the Capitals.

Wilson opened the scoring at 2:13 of the first period, deflecting a point shot from defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead.

The Capitals outshot the Sabres 12-6 and out-attempted them 22-11 in the first period, keeping Buffalo hemmed in on several occasions.

The home side connected early again in the second period to double the lead. Defenseman Justin Schultz spotted Connor McMichael streaking in off the bench, and the rookie forward wristed a shot from the top of the left circle to make it 2-0.

The Sabres quickly responded to pull within 2-1 at 3:43. Ovechkin blew a tire near the Capitals’ blue line as he tried to clear the zone and Eakin capitalized, picking up the loose puck to strike from the right circle.

Ovechkin restored Washington’s two-goal lead at 8:55, deflecting Dmitry Orlov’s point shot from the slot to make it 3-1.

Bjork brought the Sabres to within in 3-2 at 3:17 of the third period, getting on a bouncing puck amid a scramble in the crease.

Evgeny Kuznetsov found Wilson alone at the bottom of the right circle, and the winger cut to the front of the net and beat Tokarski five-hole to make it 4-2 at 6:45.

Conor Sheary deflected John Carlson’s point shot on the power play to extend it to 5-2 at 17:47.

Colin Miller narrowed it to 5-3 with a blast from the point at 18:56.

–Field Level Media