Washington Capitals

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How it happened: Evgeny Kuznetsov took a slow and deliberate approach on Buffalo goal

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Nicklas Backstrom took a hard hit to the boards from Buffalo's Mike Weber and Alex Ovechkin did not like it.

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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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