Karl Alzner kicked off the scoring in Washington's first visit to Buffalo this season. Alzner picked up the puck after Tyler Myers hit the ice and shot it through traffic and into the net. Alexander Semin continued his All-Star caliber season by adding the assist.
According to the Capitals' Twitter account, Alzner became the sixth Capitals blue-liner to score a goal in the team's past seven games. At least one defensemen has scored in every one of those games.
Later in the period, the two goaltenders traded spectacular stops. Young Capitals goalie Braden Holtby made a critical glove save to stop a short-handed goal for the Sabres after a disorganized Washington power play gave up a two-on-one chance. Not to be outdone though, Buffalo star goaltender and 2010 Olympics MVP Ryan Miller denied Alex Ovechkin's breakaway opportunity with 15:23 gone in the first period.
Miller is getting his first start in six games after missing time due to injury. The Capitals have done their best to test him with 16 shots on target, but only have one goal to their credit after the first 20 minutes.