WASHINGTON -- Marcus Johansson's slapshot with 2:22 left in overtime was the dagger Monday night as the Washington Capitals came from behind to beat the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, in Verizon Center.
Johansson took a Dmitry Orlov pass and blasted the puck past Robin Lehner for his second goal of the game, snapping the Caps' three-game losing streak.
After two periods: The Sabres were 6-0-3 when leading after 40 minutes while the Caps were 0-5-2 when trailing after same. Buffalo had a 2-1 lead through two periods but couldn't hold on.
Losing the lead: The Sabres were in hold-on mode through much of the third period and gave up the lead on Johansson's tip-in of a John Carlson shot with 6:18 left. It came on a power play five seconds after Evander Kane was sent off for hooking.
Taking the lead I: The Sabres looked to have snapped a 1-1 tie when Johan Larsson slammed home a Brian Gionta rebound with 5:20 left in the second. But the play was called back on an offside challenge as Larsson clearly entered the zone before the puck as Rasmus Ristolainen's shoot-in went slower than Larsson expected as Ristolainen's stick broke on the shot.
Taking the lead II: The Sabres dominated play after the disallowed goal and actually took the 2-1 lead 47 seconds later as Kyle Okposo drove his own rebound past Braden Holtby after corralling the puck when Holtby first stopped Ryan O'Reilly. It was Okposo's team-high eighth goal of the season.
Piling up big numbers: The Sabres had several extended flurries in the Washington zone in the last half of the second period and outshot the Caps, 16-7. They also nearly doubled the Caps in attempts, 28-15.
Long time, no goal: The Sabres took a 1-0 lead at 5:59 of the first period as Zemgus Girgensons took a Derek Grant pass to break into the Washington zone and burned Holtby on a backhand. It was Girgensons' second goal of the year and first in 22 games, since he opened the scoring in the Oct. 16 overtime loss in Calgary.
Getting even: The Caps tied it at 5:23 of the second on Jay Beagle's neat tip-in of a Brooks Orpik pass from the left point. Beagle snuck behind Erik Bergdoerfer, the defenseman called up from Rochester to make his NHL debut.
Lots of greetings: Bergdoerfer became the 11th defenseman and NHL-high 33rd player to dress for a game for the Sabres this season. Buffalo dressed 35 players all of last season.
Familiar foe: The Sabres are playing Washington three times in a seven-game stretch and then don't play them the rest of the season. They host Washington again Friday night. Said coach Dan Bylsma: "It's almost a mini three-game series."
Up Next: Connor McDavid-led Edmonton is in KeyBank Center for its only visit of the season Tuesday night at 7. That starts a run of four straight home games. The Sabres don't play on the road again until Dec. 17 in Carolina. If you want to catch the Capitals again before they come to Buffalo, they host Boston here Wednesday night on NBC Sports Network.