BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin knew what he was going to do before he heard Capitals teammate Mike Green yelling for the pass.
Faking a shot to freeze Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth, Ovechkin fed a pass through the middle to a wide-open Green, who snapped it into the open right side one minute into overtime and sealed Washington's 5-4 win on Tuesday night.
"Oh, he screamed so loud, but I knew he was out there," said Ovechkin, who finished with two goals and two assists. "I gave him the pass. It was a little bit forward but it was good for him. It was good for our team. He reached it and put it in."
The setup was also payback for a goal Ovechkin was credited with in putting the Capitals up 2-0 early the first period. That's when Green's shot banked in off Ovechkin's leg and into the net.
"Yeah, I felt sorry for Greeny," Ovechkin said. "But it is what it is."
Green was grateful to be able to finish off a game in which the Capitals never trailed.
"He made a great play," Green said. "I know it's tough for him not to shoot the puck, but what an unselfish play that was."
Green had two goals and an assist, and Troy Brouwer added a goal and assist. Washington (24-21-8) was coming off a 5-0 win at Montreal on Saturday and won consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 9-10.
The Capitals have suddenly rediscovered their offense. They've combined for 10 goals in two games after managing just eight during an 0-5-2 skid. Washington's power play also came to life in converting two of three chances after going 1 for 32 in its previous nine games.
Cody Hodgson had two goals and Christian Ehrhoff and rookie Phil Varone, with the first of his career, also scored for Buffalo. The Sabres (14-30-8) dropped to 1-4-3 in their past eight.
Enroth stopped 30 shots to drop to 1-11-4 on the season and extend his losing streaking to 12 straight (0-9-3)
Hodgson focused on the positives by noting how the Sabres refused to fold in rallying back each time the Capitals went ahead.
"I think we had a lot of character in that room," said Hodgson, who has six goals and 10 points in eight games since returning from a thumb injury. "We showed a lot of guts battling back."
Hodgson forced overtime by scoring on a solid individual play 6:48 into the third period.