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The Capitals’ power play was about to expire when Evgeny Kuznetsov hit the blue line with a head of steam, Joel Ward on his right and Curtis Glencross on his left.

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Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen described Monday night’s 4-3 shootout win over the Buffalo Sabres as a “dribblers through the infield” kind of game.

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Coming off his eighth shutout of the season, Braden Holtby will get the start tonight in Buffalo against the Sabres, Capitals coach Barry Trotz said in his 5 p.m. news conference.

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News and notes as the Capitals [37-23-10, 84 points] visit the Buffalo Sabres [19-43-6, 44 points] at FirstNiagaraCenter [7 p.m., CSN+, NBCSN]:

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There is a saying in Sweden about no one wanting to be the tallest shaft of wheat in the crop. Nicklas Backstrom has heard it and, like many Swedes, tries to live by it.

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