NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Detroit |
(Friday, October 13th)
Final Score: Buffalo 3, Detroit 2 (SO)
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Ales Kotalik's shootout goal lifted Buffalo
to a 3-2 victory over Detroit at Joe Louis Arena.
With the shootout even, Kotalik went to the backhand to beat Dominik Hasek
and send the Sabres home a perfect 4-0, with three of the wins coming in
"Just a move I've been trying," said Kotalik. "I did it right this time. It
was a big two points. All the Buffalo people, I hope it will make them happy
Buffalo eked out the win despite being outshot 43-17 in the game.
Chris Drury and Thomas Vanek each scored for the Sabres while Ryan Miller
stopped 41-of-43 shots.
"We came back and got the win," said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. "We deserve
credit for that, but at the same time, we've got to start better."
Jason Williams had both of the Red Wings goals and Hasek sent back 15 shots.
"We played strong in their end, down low," said Williams. "We had a lot of
shots on net and kept them under 20 shots. I think we're playing well
defensively. We're getting the chances."
The Red Wings drew first blood 1:29 into the game. Detroit was playing dump
and chase into the offensive zone when the Miller whiffed while trying to
clear the puck. Williams raced down the slot, picked up the loose disc and
easily beat the goaltender.
Nearly 12 minutes later, Williams found the back of the net again. Johan
Franzen dug the puck out from behind the net and centered to a wide open
Williams to put the Red Wings on top, 2-0.
The Sabres cut the lead in half on the power play. Drury netted his third goal
of the year off a rebound from Jochen Hecht's slap shot at the left point.
Buffalo then evened things late in the second period when Vanek lit the lamp
for the first time this season on the power play. The forward went top shelf
at 17:48 to beat Hasek and the Sabres found themselves tied at two despite
being outshot 31 to eight in the first two periods.
The teams played conservatively in a scoreless third period and had few
scoring chances. A tripping penalty on Jiri Novotny, with just 35 seconds
remaining, put the Red Wings on the power play in the waning seconds of the
third period and the opening moments of overtime. But, the Sabres weathered
things and forced the shootout.
The game was officially sold out but there were several thousand empty seats
because the Detroit Tigers were hosting the Oakland A's in the American League
Championship Series...Buffalo had lost in eight straight trips to Detroit,
dating back to March 6, 1994.
10/13 22:48:47 ET