Witt scored his first goal since March 26 off a backhand with 5:37 left in the first period, giving the Capitals a 2-0 lead.
“I had a lot of chances,” Witt said. “(Danius) Zubrus made a good play out of the corner and (Michael) Nylander made a great play and their forward didn’t follow me down and I was lucky and got good wood on it.”
“He (Witt) was fantastic tonight,” Capitals coach Bruce Cassidy said. “The puck was following him. I should have put him on the power play. He was good, real solid.”
“He stopped in the slot, went to his left, faked a shot, and kept moving to the outside,” Biron said. “I went down on the original fake and then I tried to close him to the outside and I shuffled on my knees, I stretched with my leg and my blocker.
“The puck hit me in the back after I thought he hit the back of the net. I really didn’t think he had any room at all. He probably put it in a hole the size of a tape recorder.”
Peter Bondra added to the lead in the middle period for the Capitals, who nearly squandered the advantage in the final 20 minutes.
Buffalo peppered Olaf Kolzig with 19 shots in the third period, scoring twice.
“Jagr just made an unbelievable move on his goal,” Brown said. “He was almost behind the goal line and still found a way. It wasn’t like we weren’t trying (in the first two periods). They were just doing a real good job of keeping it down in our zone and we weren’t doing a real good job getting it out. But we changed that in the third and I think it was exactly the opposite.”
Buffalo applied pressure in the closing minutes, but could not manage the tying goal.
“It took a while to get going,” Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. “We slowly started to come out of it in the second period and we built some momentum.”
Kolzig finished with 35 saves for his 25th win.
“It’s great for Witt,” Kolzig said. “In practice he’s got a lot more skill than he gives himself credit for. He’s got a pretty good shot and that was great to see.”
“We play against one of the worst teams in the league, they have their struggles, but they kicked our rear in the third and they almost came away with a point,” Witt added.
The Capitals moved three points ahead of second-place Tampa Bay in the Southeast Division.
“It would have really hurt bad if we didn’t keep the lead,” Cassidy said. “The bottom line is we won the hockey game but it’s just frustrating when guys are talking about trying to beat the New Jerseys of the world and we’re hanging on to beat the last place team in the Eastern Conference and we barely make it.”