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Nicolas Deslauriers, Jimmy Howard
Buffalo Sabres left winger Nicolas Deslauriers (44) deflects the puck on Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Girgensons Scores Twice; Red Wings Top Sabres 4-2

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.

1st Period


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)

2nd Period

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)

3rd Period

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)

Power Plays
DET - 0 of 5
BUF - 0 of 3

Three Stars
1.) BUF - Zemgus Girgensons (2 G, 0 A)
2.) DET - Brendan Smith (1 G, 0 A)
3.) DET - Darren Helm (1 G, 0 A)

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