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 shootouts.
"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 tonight."
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