WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dainius Zubrus didn't sit around while his
injured hand healed, so he was more than ready to hit the ice once
"The only good thing that may have come from this injury was
that I was able to work out,'' said Zubrus, who missed 12 games.
"Four weeks of good workouts -- I got to come back in better shape
than when I left.''
Zubrus, who staked Washington to a 1-0 lead less than four
minutes into the game, quickly erased any concerns Capitals coach
Bruce Cassidy had about his conditioning.
"It was his timing I was worried about,'' Cassidy said. "Maybe
we should have brought him back three weeks ago.''
"We have a tough time scoring as it is,'' Sabres coach Lindy
Ruff said. "We can't afford to give up four here. ... We're not
going to be able to support that.''
Zubrus gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead 3:43 into the game. Ken Klee
intercepted a pass outside the blue line, then tapped the puck
ahead to Zubrus, who scored from the left circle.
Washington held the Sabres without a shot for the first 16:29 of
the second period and took a 2-1 lead when Grier deflected Sergei
Gonchar's slap shot from the left point at 14:30.
But Buffalo converted on a two-man advantage, tying it 2-2 at
17:37 when Satan one-timed a slap shot from the right point.
After Jagr's team-leading 18th goal, Ciernik briefly gave
Washington a two-goal lead, scoring on a wrist shot from the right
wing at 11:36. Twenty seconds later, Varada's 10th goal got Buffalo
To create a roster spot for Zubrus, Washington sent C Trent
Whitfield to Portland of the AHL. ... Zubrus has dressed for only
four of the Capitals' last 18 games, but has scored a goal in each.
... Sabres LW Jochen Hecht missed his 10th game with a concussion
... Kalinin didn't have a point in his previous nine games.