By DAVID GINSBURG, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ryan Miller stopped 44 shots, Drew Stafford scored two goals and the surging Buffalo Sabres beat Washington 5-1 Tuesday night to climb over the Capitals into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
It was the fifth straight win for the Sabres, their longest streak since a six-game run in 2009-2010. Buffalo was in 14th place on Feb. 17 before going on a 14-2-4 tear.
Buffalo took a 3-0 lead early in the second period and coasted home behind Miller, who's 14-1-3 over his last 18 games, allowing only 32 goals in that span. He's also 8-0-2 in his last 10.
The Sabres now have 86 points, two more than Washington and two fewer than seventh-place Ottawa. All three teams have five games left.
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