Sabres bounce back with 2-0 win over the Red Wings

Linus Ullmark makes 41 saves in the win; Jake McCabe and Sam Reinhart score goals for Buffalo

WGR 550
October 25, 2019 - 7:49 pm

Photo: Tim Fuller - USA TODAY Sports


After a 6-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday night in New York City, the Buffalo Sabres bounced right back on Friday with a 2-0 shutout win over the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

Linus Ullmark was the star of the night for the Sabres, stopping all 41 shots that he faced for his first shutout of the season. Meanwhile, Buffalo got goals from defenseman Jake McCabe and forward Sam Reinhart to support Ullmark's efforts.

It was a lackluster first period for the Sabres, mustering just six shots on goal to the Red Wings' 12 shots.

Detroit got their best chance of the period when a turnover by Sabres forward Marcus Johansson allowed Red Wings center Valtteri Filppula to go on a long breakaway. Ullmark stayed with Filppula all the way, making the save and keeping the puck out on a follow up attempt by forward Andreas Athanasiou.

The second period saw a little bit more life between the two teams, but it was the Sabres ended up getting on the board first with McCabe's first goal of the season.

The Sabres started to generate more chances in Detroit's zone, and it eventually led to McCabe's goal at the 11:40 mark of the period. After Jack Eichel was swept off the puck, it went straight to Sam Reinhart, who passed it to McCabe at the point. Victor Olofsson provided a screen in front of goalie Jimmy Howard, and the puck was able to fly right by the blocker and in.

Buffalo ended up with the advantage in the shot department through 40 minutes of action, out-shooting the Red Wings by a 14-8 total.

The Sabres opened the third period with 1:19 remaining on a power play, stemming from a hooking penalty by Red Wings forward Taro Hirose. With four-seconds remaining in the man advantage, the Sabres capped off a beautiful passing play between Eichel, Olofsson and Reinhart for the game's second goal. Eichel was able to find Olofsson with a nice cross-ice pass, and then the scoring winger quickly fed Reinhart in front of the crease, where he re-directed the pass past Howard for his fifth goal of the season.

The Red Wings tested the Sabres in the third period with 21 shots on goal as they desperately attempted to get back into the hockey game. However, Ullmark stood on his head, turning away all 21 shots in the period, as well as 41 in the contest for his third win of the season.




Scoring Summary:

First Period:


Second Period:

BUF: 11:40 - Jake McCabe (1) (Sam Reinhart, Jack Eichel)

Third Period:

BUF: 1:15 - Samson Reinhart (5) PP (Victor Olofsson, Jack Eichel)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:


Second Period:

BUF: 0:50 - Victor Olofsson (High-Sticking - 2 min.)
DET: 6:50 - Andreas Athanasiou (Tripping - 2 min.); 19:19 - Taro Hirose (Hooking - 2 min.)

Third Period:

BUF: 9:34 - Kyle Okposo (Interference - 2 min.); 17:50 - Colin Miller (Tripping - 2 min.)
DET: 6:23 - Trevor Daley (High-Sticking - 2 min.)


BUF: 25 (6, 14, 5)
DET: 41 (12, 8, 21)


BUF: Linus Ullmark - 41 saves
DET: Jimmy Howard - 23 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 1-for-3 (33.3%)
DET: 0-for-3 (0%)

Three Stars:

  1. Linus Ullmark (BUF)
  2. Sam Reinhart (BUF)
  3. Jake McCabe (BUF)

What's next:

The Sabres return home to prepare for a Monday night matchup with the Arizona Coyotes at KeyBank Center. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. with the Paul William Beltz Pre-Game Show starting at 6 p.m. with Schopp and the Bulldog at (716) Food and Sport.

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