The Sabres rebound with a win in Detroit

January 12, 2020 - 8:06 pm

Detroit, MI (WGR 550) - The Sabres started off fast in Detroit, but despite taking a 3-0 lead, they didn't discourage the Red Wings.

Buffalo had pretty much no zone time in the second period and one scoring chances on three shot. Madison Bowey's screen shot did make it through, but Linus Ullmark had to make huge saves along the way.

The first big save came early as Valtteri Filppula came out of the penalty box and had a clear cut breakaway that Ullmark calmly turned away.

Ullmark had some luck in the period too as he was way out of the net with the puck going back to the point. Alex Biega shot at the unoccupied net but his shot hit one of his own players in the leg.

Later Zach Bogosian made a poor decision to step up at the blue line leaving a 3-on-1. Brandon Montour hit the deck and stopped a pass across, but Detroit got the puck back and in behind Ullmark. As Bogosian knocked the net off, Montour swept his hand across the goal line to get the puck out of danger.

The penalty kill did a terrific job, especially Lawrence Pilut who blocked a hard one-timer and then cleared the puck.

I did like the Sabres response in the third. They came out playing the right way immediately and Bogosian put a slick move on Jimmy Howard just 2:35 to restore the team's three-goal lead. Just 1:05 later on the power play, Detroit couldn't handle Rasmus Ristolainen in the crease and he smack home Rasmas Dahlin's rebound.

On that goal Jack Eichel got an assist to extend his points streak to seven games.

In the first period Evan Rodrigues broke his 33-game scoring slump in a huge way. Curtis Lazar bulled into the Detroit zone and put a perfect pass to No. 71 coming down the slot and he one-timed his first goal of the year.

Rodrigues and Henri Jokiharju were inserted back on the No. 2 power play unit and just 1:35 later, Rodrigues had his second goal. What I loved about this goal is Rodrigues used the lane that's always there behind the net and took the puck right to Howard. He stuck with it and got rewarded.

Zemgus Girgensons found himself with a shorthanded breakaway and his second goal in two games after Filip Hronek fell down with the puck.

Ullmark still had to make some big save from the slot as Dylan Larkin and Frans Nielson found themselves wide open.

After the game Rodrigues said he never lost confidence that he could score and that eventually one would go in for him. Sam Reinhart set him up all alone in front late in the third period, but Howard wouldn't let him score his first NHL hat trick.

Buffalo broke a two-game losing streak with the win and have won three of their last five.

The team has Monday off and will be back in action at home Tuesday against Vegas.

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