NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Buffalo|
(Friday, December 2nd)
Final Score: Detroit 4, Buffalo 1
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Pavel Datsyuk totaled a goal and one assist as
Detroit downed Buffalo, 4-1, thanks to a three-goal first period.
Jakub Kindl, Valtteri Filppula and Johan Franzen also tallied for the Red
Wings, who have won seven straight games.
Jimmy Howard stopped 27-of-28 shots for the win.
"We did an excellent job from the start," Howard noted. "When we get to the
neutral zone and get on top of the other team and find loose pucks, that's
whet we're at our best."
Jochen Hecht provided the sole offense for the Sabres, losers in five of their
Jhonas Enroth was tagged for three scores on 35 shots in defeat.
Kindl put the Wings on the board at 8:50 of the opening period when his
floater from the left point fooled Enroth and hit the net high to his glove
Franzen then netted a power-play score at 13:38 on a wrister from the slot and
Filppula struck 63 seconds later for a 3-0 game.
Howard stopped eight shots in the first and nine in a scoreless middle period.
Buffalo finally solved Howard with 6:13 left in regulation, as Hecht took a
lead pass from Jason Pominville on the left wing and snapped a shot home.
Datsyuk hit the empty net with 1:17 remaining to lock up the game.
"They cashed in on the opportunities they got," Pominville said. "But it falls
on us to make sure we put ours away. We have to be better in that aspect
because it's happened the last couple games."
Buffalo travels to Nashville on Saturday and Detroit heads to Colorado on
Sunday...The Red Wings last won seven in a row from March 20-April 1,
2010...Detroit has never blanked Sabres in Buffalo, but has gone 8-2-1 in
western New York since October of 1996...Buffalo forward Nathan Gerbe left the
game in the third period and did not return after being accidentally clipped
by the skate of teammate Paul Gaustad.
12/03 00:15:30 ET