- Associated Press - Monday, December 5, 2016

Marcus Johansson scored the tying goal late in the third period and got the winner midway through overtime to lift the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night.

The goals were Johansson’s third and fourth in his last five games. He has 11 for the season.

Jay Beagle added the Capitals’ first even-strength goal in three games, as Washington snapped a three-game losing skid. Braden Holtby made 31 saves in the victory, the Capitals second over the Sabres in an 11-day stretch.

Kyle Okposo scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season to give the Sabres the lead in the second period. Zemgus Girgensons also scored early for Buffalo, and Robin Lehner made 30 stops for the visitors.

Johansson’s winner came 2:38 into the extra period as he took a cross-ice pass from Dmitry Orlov and fired a one-time that beat Lehner over his left pad.

Earlier, Johansson tied it at 2-2 with 6:18 left in the third period, and just 5 seconds into Washington’s last power play, redirecting John Carlson’s shot into traffic following a faceoff.

Washington outshot Buffalo 16-9 in the third period after the Sabres had a 16-7 edge in the second.

Buffalo also had a goal disallowed in the middle period for offside on a replay review. The Sabres finally regained the lead when Okposo put in Ryan O’Reilly’s rebound to make it 2-1 with 4:37 left.

NOTES: Buffalo C Jack Eichel finished the game despite appearing to hurt his left leg in a second-period tangle with Capitals D Orlov. It was Eichel’s fourth game back from a high ankle sprain in the same leg that forced him to miss two months. … Beagle’s goal was Washington’s first at even strength since the third period of a 4-2 loss at Toronto on Nov. 26, a span of more than 2 hours and 28 minutes of game time. … Sabres D Erik Burgdoerfer made his NHL debut after he was recalled from AHL Rochester to step in for D Josh Gorges (broken foot). … The teams conclude their three-game season series in Buffalo on Friday

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