BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Evander Kane had a goal and an assist, Chad Johnson stopped 33 shots, and the Buffalo Sabres beat Washington 4-1 Saturday night to hand Capitals goalie Braden Holtby a rare loss.
Phil Varone, Tim Schaller and Cody Franson also scored for Buffalo, which snapped a six-game home losing streak and has now won three of four overall.
Marcus Johansson ruined Johnson's shutout bid 2:54 into the third period with an unassisted goal. The Sabres' goalie got his first win since Dec. 26.
The Sabres chased Holtby in the second period after he gave up three goals on 16 shots, emphatically ending his run of 23 games without a loss in regulation. Holtby was 20-0-2 since a Nov. 10 loss to Detroit. That stretch included a Capitals win over Tampa Bay on Dec. 18 in which he was pulled midway through the second period trailing 3-0.
The loss also snaps Washington's five-game winning streak.
Buffalo opened the scoring when Rasmus Ristolainen's hard slap shot rebounded to the right of Washington's goal, where Varone raced to slap the rebound past Holtby.
Ryan O'Reilly led a 2-on-1 short-handed rush late in the first period, but his saucer pass forced David Legwand to lunge during his shot and Holtby kicked it away.
Schaller made it 2-0 moments later when he seized a Capitals turnover and shoulder faked Holtby before snapping a shot over the goaltender's right shoulder.
The Sabres kept it up in the second period, with Holtby denying Mike Weber and Jamie McGinn during an early flurry.
Buffalo made it 3-0 when Kane's shot through traffic changed directions and dribbled past Holtby. That was the last action for Holtby, who was pulled in favor of Philipp Grubauer.
Varone took a tripping penalty to send Washington to the power play midway through the period, but Johnson stopped T.J. Oshie's point shot before snaring Alex Ovechkin's hard snap shot from the slot.
The Sabres made it 4-0 on the power play, as Franson wired a funny bounce off the end wall over Grubauer's left shoulder. Bogosian picked up his second assist of the night on the goal, giving him 100 for his career.
Washington opened the third period with possession in Buffalo's zone, and Jason Chimera teed up Johansson for a one-time goal. It was the 200th assist of Chimera's career.
Buffalo's penalty kill stood strong, holding the Capitals scoreless on five chances.