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Pothier did not return, missing the final 28-plus minutes of the contest. There was no official word on his status after the game.

Much of the credit for keeping Alex Ovechkin in check goes to Buffalo rookie defenseman Tyler Myers, who was matched up against the two-time MVP for most of the night. The 19-year-old stands 6-foot-8, and his long reach helped him bother guys on Washington’s top line.

Morrison was one Washington player who did have several prime scoring opportunities, but a combination of bouncing pucks and Miller’s sensational effort kept him off the score sheet.

“Probably would have been a little different outcome if I could have put the puck in the back of the net,” Morrison said.

Note - Semyon Varlamov (lower body) and Mathieu Perreault (illness) missed the game because of injury. Michal Neuvirth was recalled to back up Theodore, and Keith Aucoin was in the lineup for Perreault.