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NHL: Washington 3, Buffalo 1

Dec. 30, 2011 at 10:01 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Alex Ovechkin opened and closed the scoring Friday and Tomas Vokoun made 25 saves to bring Washington a 3-1 victory over Buffalo.

It was the first multi-goal game for Ovechkin since Oct. 29 and the Capitals have won back-to-back games for only the third time in two months.

Ovechkin scored just 1:42 into the game while Buffalo's Mike Weber was in the penalty box for boarding.

Washington was protecting a 2-1 lead when Ovechkin put a slap shot past Ryan Miller with 5:50 to go in the third. Ovechkin has 14 goals for the season.

The other goal for the Capitals came from Nicklas Backstrom 3:52 into the second that gave Washington a 2-0 lead.

Vokoun allowed only a second-period goal by Jochen Hecht. Miller surrendered the three goals on 21 shots.

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