Michal Neuvirth and the Caps' defense holds off the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday night at Verizon Center. Photo by Mike Frandsen.

The Washington Capitals rushed out to a 3-0 lead, gave up two goals in 48 seconds, and then held on for a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday in Washington.  The win avenged a 3-2 loss to the Sabres last Saturday, Washington’s only loss in its last nine games.

Michal Neuvirth saved 31 shots in outshining Sabres star goalie Ryan Miller. Neuvirth leads the NHL with 12 wins and Washington has 14 wins, both tops in the league.

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