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Strong third period sends Red Wings past Sabres

Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Darren Helm, David Legwand and Pavel Datsyuk scored third-period goals, and Detroit walked away with a 4-2 decision over Buffalo on Tuesday.

Brendan Smith also tallied for the Red Wings, winners in five of their last six. Jimmy Howard backed up his offense with 25 saves.

Zemgus Girgensons recorded both goals and Cody Hodgson assisted twice for the Sabres, who have lost four in a row and eight of nine. Matt Hackett stopped 33 shots.

04/08 21:35:29 ET

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