After failing to register a point against the Sabres earlier in the season, Alex Ovechkin exploded for four Tuesday to help sink the Sabres, 5-4 in overtime.
Ovechkin scored a pair of goals less than five minutes into the game, pushing his NHL-leading mark to 38 on the season.
Buffalo got one of those back later in the period, when Christian Ehrhoff found the net. In the second period, Cody Hodgson scored his first of two goals on the night off a crisp sequence of passes on the power play to tie the game at 2-2.
Washington regained the lead on Mike Green’s first of the night, only to see Phil Varone score the first goal of his career to tie the game at 3-3.
Troy Brouwer gave the Capitals a 4-3 lead going into the third period, but Hodgson evened the score a four in the final frame to force overtime.
Just one minute into the extra period, Ovechkin found a Green for the game-winner, sending the Sabres to the 5-4 loss.
Buffalo hits the road to face Phoenix Thursday night.