Ovechkin returns to Capitals' lineup against Sabres

WASHINGTON (AP) NHL goals leader Alex Ovechkin returned to the Washington Capitals' lineup Saturday night against the Buffalo Sabres.

Ovechkin missed Thursday night's game against Minnesota after suffering a lower-body injury Tuesday night against Columbus.

He leads the league with 43 goals and is tied with three players - including linemate Nicklas Backstrom - for the points lead with 67.

Ovechkin scored two goals in each of his last two games, both Washington wins.

Minus Ovechkin, the Capitals lost 2-1 to the Wild.

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