Series (Game 1 of 4)

Buffalo leads 3-1

Game 1: Wednesday, October 26th
Game 2: Thursday, November 17th
Game 3: Sunday, November 27th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 14th

Capitals 3

(4-6-0, 8 pts)

Sabres 2

(6-3-0, 12 pts)

7:00 PM ET, October 26, 2005

Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, New York

1 2 3 T
WSH 1 1 13
BUF 1 0 12

P. Sykora (Capitals - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

A. Kotalik (Sabres - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

S. Eminger (Capitals - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Washington (3-6-0) at Buffalo (6-2-0) 7:00 pm EDT

Washington (3-6-0) at Buffalo (6-2-0), 7:00 pm EDT

ROCHESTER, New York (Ticker) -- One of the top home teams in the NHL, the Buffalo Sabres will try to translate that success just a short drive up the New York State Thruway.

The Sabres will host the Washington Capitals on Wednesday at Blue Cross Arena, the home of Buffalo's American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans.

Just a little over 70 miles from home, Buffalo will attempt to build on the top home record in the Eastern Conference (4-0-0). In their best home start since 1975-76 when they won their first six at Memorial Auditorium, the Sabres have outscored opponents, 16-8, at HSBC Arena.

Ryan Miller made 22 saves and three players scored for Buffalo in a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday. Miller is seeking his seventh win this month, a feat that would match Ed Belfour's 1990 rookie record for most victories in October.

Co-captain Daniel Briere notched his team-leading seventh goal and defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick provided the go-ahead tally in the second period. Briere has five goals in his last four games and five points (two goals, three assists) in four home games.

The 28-year-old center may have a field day against the Capitals, who have allowed 40 goals, the second-highest total in the league. Washington fell for the fourth time in its last five games Saturday, a 4-0 loss to Carolina at home.

The Capitals were dominated throughout the contest and outshot, 41-18, making things difficult for Olaf Kolzig, who made 37 saves. Three of the Hurricanes' goals were scored with a man advantage, increasing Washington's league-leading total to 19 power-play goals allowed.

The Capitals, who are 0-3-0 on the road, lost all four meetings with the Sabres in 2003-04.