Capitals-Sabres: Washington Struggles in 3-0 Shutout to Ryan Miller, Buffalo

December 10th, 2009 by Dave Nichols Leave a reply »
The Washington Capitals were shut down by Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller and the rest of his defensive teammates, accumulating 35 shots—but very few second chances—and leave the snowy, windy city shut out for the first time this season, losing 3-0 before a spirited crowd of 17,982 at HSBC Arena. The Capitals, in the midst of playing nine of 11 games on the road, showed it last night.  They played with little of the energy or enthusiasm that was evident as recently as Monday night, a 3-0 shutout win over division rival Tampa Bay. In that one goalie Semyon Varlamov was sparkling. The young Russian sat this one out, however, with what the team described as a lower-body injury, widely thought of as a strained groin sustained in the scrap Monday night. In his place was Jose Theodore (L, 7-4-5 3.06, .902), and while the veteran did not have a bad night (25 saves), he did give up a goal from behind the goal line and gave up a huge rebound that the same player, defenseman Henrik Tallinder, followed up and beat him on. The biggest factor in the game last night, though, was Buffalo's outstanding goalie and potential U.S. Olympian Ryan Miller. Miller has been outstanding all season l ...

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