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Jakub Kindl, Luke Adam
Detroit Red Wings' Jakub Kindl (4), of the Czech Republic, knocks Buffalo Sabres' Luke Adam (72) off-balance during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, April 4, 2014, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Red Wings Ride Fast Start to 3-2 Win Over Sabres

Chad Ruhwedel picked up his first career NHL point and Nicolas Deslauriers notched his first-ever NHL goal, but the Sabres fell to the Red Wings on Friday 3-2.

The Red Wings jumped out to the 1-0 lead thanks to Darren Helm, who finished off a scramble in front of the net, lifting the puck over Hackett for his 11th of the season. Later in the period, with John Scott in the box for high-sticking, Tomas Jurco put the Red Wings up by two, tipping a Danny DeKeyser shot into the Buffalo net. Only 1:16 after Jurco's goal, Daniel Alfredsson tapped an easy rebound past Hackett for the 3-0 Detroit lead.

Buffalo finally got on the board at 12:28 of the second period on a Jamie McBain power play goal. McBain beat Jimmy Howard blocker-side from the near faceoff dot. With the primary assist on the goal, Ruhwedel picked up his first-ever point. Delauriers' first-ever goal came at 6:40 of the final frame, a laser from the slot immediately after a faceoff win. Johan Larsson slid the puck over to Delauriers, who beat Howard to make it a one-goal game.

Howard finished with 21 saves while Hackett stopped 28 for Buffalo. The Sabres head to Philadelphia on Sunday for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff against the Flyers on WGR 550 and the Buffalo Sabres Radio Network.

1st Period

5:47 - DET - Darren Helm (11) (Luke Glendening, Danny DeKeyser)
14:12 - DET - Tomas Jurco (7) (PPG) (Danny DeKeyser, Daniel Alfredsson)
15:28 - DET - Daniel Alfredsson (18) (Jakub Kindl, Justin Abdelkader)

8:52 - DET - Brendan Smith (2 min., hooking)
12:59 - BUF - John Scott (2 min., high-sticking)

2nd Period

12:28 - BUF - Jamie McBain (5) (PPG) (Chad Ruhwedel, Ville Leino)

12:17 - DET - Brendan Smith (2 min., holding)
13:28 - BUF - Zemgus Girgensons (2 min., holding)
18:54 - DET - David Legwand (2 min., interference)
19:44 - BUF - Tyler Ennis (2 min., hooking)

3rd Period

6:40 - BUF - Nicolas Deslauriers (1) (Johan Larsson)


BUF - Matt Hackett (28 saves, 31 shots)
DET - Jimmy Howard (21 saves, 23 shots)

Power Plays
BUF - 1 of 3
DET - 1 of 3

Three Stars
1.) DET - Darren Helm (1 G, 0 A)
2.) DET - Danny DeKeyser (0 G, 2 A)
3.) BUF - Luke Adam (0 G, 0 A)

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