Zemgus Girgensons found the net twice, but it wasn't enough for the Sabres in a 4-2 loss to the Red Wings on Tuesday. Buffalo has now dropped four games in a row, with two of those losses coming courtesy of Detroit. Head inside for more.
After a scoreless opening period, Zemgus Girgensons staked Buffalo to the 1-0 lead early in the second. Camped in front of the crease, Girgensons redirected a Cody Hodgson pass into the Detroit net for his seventh goal of the season. Brendan Smith made it 1-1 later in the period, finishing off a rush and sending a quick shot past an out-of-position Matt Hackett.
Darren Helm's 12th at 3:33 of the final period put the Red Wings ahead 2-1. David Legwand made it a two-goal game later in the period, beating Hackett five-hole. Girgensons' second of the evening came just a little over two minutes later, a beautiful goal that cut the Detroit lead to 3-2. The Buffalo forward took the puck up ice, maneuvered around Niklas Kronwall with a highlight-reel move and lifted a shot over Jimmy Howard's blocker. The Wings squashed any chance of a Buffalo rally, however, with Pavel Datsyuk's empty net goal with four seconds left on the clock.
The loss marked Buffalo's fourth in a row. The Sabres return to the road to face the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday at 7 p.m. Catch all the action on WGR 550 and the Buffalo Sabres Radio Network.
1:34 - BUF - Mike Weber (2 min., delay of game)
3:57 - DET - Darren Helm (2 min., goaltender interference)
17:07 - BUF - Mark Pysyk (2 min., hooking)
1:31 - BUF - Zemgus Girgensons (7) (Cody Hodgson, Mike Weber)
12:28 - DET - Brendan Smith (5) (Johan Franzen, Daniel Alfredsson)
5:37 - BUF - Mike Weber (2 min., boarding)
12:47 - DET - Danny DeKeyser (2 min., holding)
12:56 - DET - Justin Abdelkader (2 min., delay of game)
18:36 - BUF - Brian Flynn (2 min., holding)
3:33 - DET - Darren Helm (12) (Kyle Quincey)
15:46 - DET - David Legwand (14) (Drew Miller)
17:49 - BUF - Zemgus Girgensons (8) (Cody Hodgson, Mark Pysyk)
19:55 - DET - Pavel Datsyuk (17) (EN) (Unassisted)
1:11 - BUF - Chris Stewart (roughing)
DET - Jimmy Howard (25 saves, 27 shots)
BUF - Matt Hackett (33 saves, 36 shots)
DET - 0 of 5
BUF - 0 of 3
1.) BUF - Zemgus Girgensons (2 G, 0 A)
2.) DET - Brendan Smith (1 G, 0 A)
3.) DET - Darren Helm (1 G, 0 A)