Alex Ovechkin scored twice, Tomas Vokoun made 25 saves, and the Washington Capitals got one back against their worst nemesis of the season Friday night, beating the Buffalo Sabres 3-1.
Alex Ovechkin scored two goals and Nicklas Backstrom picked up a goal and an assist as the Caps won their second straight.
Capitals defenseman Mike Green will make the trip to Columbus for Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets, but the team is still listing him as day-to-day.
If anyone would have told you a year ago that a Winter Classic victory over the Penguins on a rainy night at Heinz Field would be the highlight of the Capitals 2011 calendar year, well, you might've been run out of town.
It's clear to the rest of the Caps: When Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin play within the system, the team wins.