In the 45th minute of the match, Girgensons made it 4:2 in favor of “Sabre”, however, the home team was able to fight back and win the series with 5:4 (1:3, 0:0, 3:1, 0:0, 2:0) .
Until the ninth minute of the match, Ilya Lyubushkin and John Jason Peterka put the guests in the lead with 2:0, Timothy Leaf Oshie recovered one goal for the hosts in the 11th minute, and Tyson Jost in the 19th minute allowed the guests to end the first period with a comfortable lead of 3:1.
No goals were scored in the second period, but in the second minute of the third period Yevgenii Kuznetsov made it 2:3. After Girgenson’s goal, the hosts did not give up, Alexander Ovechkin made it 3-4 in the 51st minute, but the equalizer was provided by Tom Wilson’s accurate pass in the majority one minute and eight seconds before the final whistle.
No goals were scored in overtime, but Kuznetsov and Oshie were accurate for the home team in the postgame shooting series, while Tage Thompson and Alex Tuck made mistakes for the Sabers.
Girgenson was on the ice for 14 minutes and 56 seconds, of which he played in the minority for one minute and seven seconds. The Latvian hockey player made two shots on goal, used one power play, blocked two shots by the home team, lost all four shots and had a positive efficiency coefficient of +1.
This season, Girgensons scored nine goals, gave six assists, earned 14 penalty minutes and a -3 efficiency coefficient in 65 matches.
“Sabres” slipped to 11th place in the Eastern Conference with 72 points in 67 games, while “Capitals” climbed to 10th position with 73 points in 69 games.
The Buffalo team will play their next game on Friday against the Philadelphia “Flyers” hockey players, who are in 15th place in the Eastern Conference with 59 points in 67 games and have already experienced four losses in a row.