March 27, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) kneels on the ice during a stoppage in play against the Buffalo Sabres in the second period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Sabres Vs. Capitals: Buffalo Burns Washington; Caps Lose, 5-1

The Sabres vault over the Caps and into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference after a big win in Washington.

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Sabres Vs. Capitals Recap: Buffalo Dominates Washington 5-1, Jumps Into 8th Playoff Spot

The Buffalo Sabres coasted to a 5-1 win against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night, winning the season series 3-1 and jumping the Caps for the 8th and final playoff spot. With a 4-1 lead at the second intermission, the Sabres easily salted the game away over the final 20 minutes in front of a half-empty Verizon Center.

The Sabres added their fifth goal mid-way through the final period on a three-on-one breakaway which summed up the ugly evening for Caps' fans. Buffalo won a puck battle at the blue line, with Tyler Ennis grabbing a Roman Hamrlik turnover and taking off the other way on the breakaway. Ennis would hit Drew Stafford with a perfect cross and goaltender Michal Neuvirth never had a chance as Stafford ripped his second goal into the back of the net at point-blank range. Ryan Miller would ensure that Washington could not pull off any kind of miracle comeback, finishing the game with an impressive 44 saves.

Now two points out of the playoffs, the Caps hit the road to face the Boston Bruins on Thursday evening.

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Sabres Vs. Capitals Score Update: Buffalo Scores Two More, Leads 4-1 At Second Intermission

The Washington Capitals trail the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 after two periods at Verizon Center. Buffalo jumped in front 3-0 just two and a half minutes in to the period on Thomas Vanek's 25th goal of the season. With 3-0 game, Dale Hunter decided to make the call for Michal Neuvirth and put starting goaltender Braden Holtby on the bench.

The Caps would eventually get on the board five minutes into the period when Alexander Semin fired a perfect shot off a face-off to beat Ryan Miller. The play was set up off a Buffalo icing call and Semin took advantage with his 19th goal of the year.

The All-Star Jason Pominville pushed it back to a three-goal lead with an ugly shorthanded goal. It was a crucial power play that the Caps needed to convert to get back in it before the second intermission. Instead, the puck took a funky bounce at the blue line and Alex Ovechkin was unable to control it. Pominville wrestled it away on the boards and as Ovechkin tried to retreat and control it, he fell to the ice opening up a two-on-one the other way. Pominville took it himself, putting the brakes on, slowly skating to center and ripping a shot over Neuvirth's left shoulder.

Washington will have to break through against Miller and do it in a hurry if they want to avoid being leapfrogged by Buffalo for the eighth and final playoff spot.

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Sabres Vs. Capitals: Buffalo Takes Early 2-0 Lead

The Washington Capitals trail the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 after one period of their crucial Eastern Conference match-up at the Verizon Center.

The Sabres broke on top at 8:45 of the first period when Braden Holtby's attempted pass from behind his own net was intercepted by Brad Boyes, who fed Cody McCormick for an easy tap-in goal, McCormick's first of the season.

Buffalo doubled the lead with 1:55 to go when Drew Stafford converted a second rebound opportunity after Holtby saved two earlier attempts. The puck tricked behind Holtby, who was sprawled in the goal crease, and Stafford poked it over the line for his 18th goal of the season.

The Sabres and Capitals entered the night tied for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, as each team has 84 points.

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Capitals Vs. Sabres: Game Preview, TV Info And More

For all the wild maneuvering going on in the NHL's Western Conference, the Eastern Conference's eighth and final spot is just as exciting on Tuesday night, as the eighth seed Washington (84 points) plays ninth place Buffalo (84 points) in what amounts to be a play-in game.

The Sabres have a six point cushion over tenth place Winnipeg, and the Caps are four points shy of seventh seed Ottawa, so while Tuesday's game isn't the final word on the final playoff spot, it's a huge two points for two clubs fighting over the same spot.

Date / Time: Tuesday, March 27, 7 p.m. ET

Location: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.

TV: CSN-MA, MSG-B

Radio: Capitals Radio Network

Streaming: n/a

Line: Washington -105

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Sabres Vs. Capitals: Tied For Last Playoff Spot, Buffalo And Washington Meet In Chinatown

The Capitals playoff chances hang in the balance against a red-hot Buffalo Sabres team at Verizon Center on Tuesday.

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