WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Alex Ovechkin scored the decisive goal Sunday and the Washington Capitals bested Buffalo 3-2 for their first win of lockout-shortened NHL season.
Ovechkin's initial tally of the campaign came 5 minutes into the third period and put the Capitals ahead 3-1.
The decision also handed new head Coach Adam Oates his first triumph as the Caps' mentor.
Michal Neuvirth earned the win with 22 saves.
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