Niagara Falls isn't too far from where the Washington Capitals are playing Monday, which is apropos because it seems as though they are falling over the edge.
The Buffalo Sabres came out firing as they lead the Caps 4-0 after 20 minutes.
The Sabres took a 1-0 lead just 51 seconds into the game on the power play. With Roman Hamrlik in the penalty box for sending the puck over the glass nine seconds in, Jordan Leopold brought the puck into the offensive zone and passed it up to Drew Stafford, who then crossed it to Jason Pominville. Pominville put the puck past Michal Neuvirth for his 12th goal of the season.
Not even three minutes later, Matt Ellis put Buffalo up 2-0 when he stripped the puck from Karl Alzner on a faceoff in the offensive zone, muscled his way to the net and put his backhand past Neuvirth. Christian Ehrhoff added insult to injury when his point shot eluded Neuvirth for his third goal of the season at 11:15. Tomas Vokoun then relieved Neuvirth after the latter allowed three goals on six shots.
Brayden McNabb pushed Buffalo's lead to 4-0 at 14:14 when Brad Boyes maneuvered around three Washington defenders before dropping the puck to McNabb in the slot.