Facebook TwitterText
Share This: |

Red Wings Hold Off Sabres 2-1

A pair of quick goals in the first period was enough to lift the Red Wings to a season-opening win over the Sabres on Wednesday 2-1. Zemgus Girgensons notched his first-ever NHL goal for Buffalo in the loss.

The Red Wings jumped on the Sabres early, finding the net 36 seconds apart in the first period to go up 2-0. Mikael Samuelsson opened the scoring, tipping a Cory Emmerton shot past Ryan Miller. Pavel Datsyuk followed that up with a successful backhand shot off a Rasmus Ristolainen turnover. Deep in his own end, Buffalo's rookie defenseman put the puck on Datsyuk's stick and the long-time Red Wing took advantage, cutting toward the net and beating Miller cleanly.

After the two sides skated to a scoreless second period, Buffalo nearly got on the board for the first time near the halfway mark of the third, but Thomas Vanek ripped a shot off the post. Minutes later, Zemgus Girgensons scooped a loose puck over Jimmy Howard to cut Detroit's lead in half, 2-1. The scoring play marked Girgensons' first career goal in the NHL.

The Sabres were stifled on the power play during this game, failing to capitalize on a pair of 5-on-3 opportunities and going 0 of 7 overall with the man advantage. Miller stopped 32 shots in the loss and Howard came up with 19 saves. The Sabres (0-1-0) open their home schedule Friday against the Ottawa Senators at First Niagara Center. Hear the call with Rick Jeanneret and Rob Ray on WGR 550.

1st Period

12:05 - DET - Mikael Samuelsson (1) (Cory Emmerton, Niklas Kronwall)
12:41 - DET - Pavel Datsyuk (1) (Unassisted)

3:32 - DET - Henrik Zetterberg (2 min., high-sticking)
4:01 - DET Jonathan Ericsson (2 min., closing hand on puck)
15:17 - BUF - Drew Stafford (2 min., boarding)
19:25 - DET - Kyle Quincey (2 min., interference)

2nd Period


5:03 - DET - Henrik Zetterberg (2 min., tripping)
9:27 - BUF - Tyler Myers (2 min., high sticking)
11:25 - DET - Daniel Cleary (2 min., goaltender interference)
12:19 - BUF - Thomas Vanek (penalty shot awarded for tripping)
16:36 - DET - Mikael Samuelsson (2 min., hooking)
17:45 - DET - Cory Emmerton (2 min., delay of game, puck over glass)

3rd Period

12:36 - BUF - Zemgus Girgensons (1) (Brian Flynn)

16:02 - BUF - Henrik Tallinder (2 min., tripping)

BUF - Ryan Miller (32 saves, 34 shots)
DET - Jimmy Howard (19 saves, 20 shots)

Power Plays
BUF - 0 of 7
DET - 0 of 3

Three Stars
1.) Pavel Datsyuk (1 G, 0 A)
2.) Kyle Quincey (0 G, 0 A)
3.) Zemgus Girgensons (1 G, 0 A)

How does the talent level on the 2014 Bills stack up with the 2013 team?
  This team is more talented
  This team is less talented
  Its about the same
View Results