Sabres down Detroit 3-1

A pair of second period power play goals help the Sabres to victory

Pat Malacaro
February 09, 2019 - 1:07 pm

Photo: Jeffrey T. Barnes - Associated Press


The Buffalo Sabres used two power play goals in the second period to help secure a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday afternoon at KeyBank Center.

Casey Mittelstadt nearly gave the game its first score halfway through the first period, but hit the cross bar with his shot attempt. Sam Reinhart was called for the first penalty of the game. He was whistled for a slashing minor that gave Detroit the chance at the man advantage. However, the blue and gold were able to kill off the opportunity without surrendering a goal.

Buffalo was out-shot by the Red Wings in the opening period 12-4. Linus Ullmark made all 12 saves for the blue and gold, while Jimmy Howard stopped all four Buffalo shots he faced in the period.

Conor Sheary took advantage of a Red Wings turnover in the neutral zone, and give Buffalo a 1-0 lead. Justin Abdelkader was the Detroit player who gave the puck away, and Sheary used him as a screen to beat Howard with a wrist shot. The goal was unassisted.

The Sabres took advantage of their second power play of the period, extending the lead to 2-0 over Detroit. Jack Eichel used his vision to feed a pass across the ice to Mittelstadt, who beat Howard with a low wrist shot along the ice. Abdelkader was the opponent in the penalty box at the time of the goal. Eichel and Rasmus Dahlin assisted on the score.

Dylan Larkin took advantage of a power play opportunity to cut into Detroit's deficit, 2-1 in the second period. Jeff Skinner was in the penalty box for high sticking at the time of the goal. Thomas Vanek and Andreas Athanasiou assisted on the Red Wings' first goal of the game.

Kyle Okposo answered right back on the man advantage to make it a two-goal lead once again for the Sabres, 3-1. Okposo's 10th goal of the season came while Michael Rasmussen was penalized for holding. Rasmus Ristolainen and Evan Rodrigues assisted on the goal that came with less than one minute to go in the middle frame.

Buffalo did a good job of penalty killing in the third period, twice able to handle the shorthanded chance. The Red Wings failed to capitalize on a 6-on-4 four chance with the goaltender pulled late in the final period. Rodrigues was a key contributor to the penalty kill for Buffalo, along with several others blocking shots from reaching the net.


Goal Summary:

First Period:


Second Period:

BUF: 1:15 - Conor Sheary (9) (unassisted); 10:05 - Casey Mittelstadt (8) PPG (Jack Eichel, Rasmus Dahlin); 19:29 - Kyle Okposo (10) PPG (Rasmus Ristolainen, Evan Rodrigues)
DET: 17:14 - Dylan Larkin (23) PPG (Thomas Vanek, Andreas Athanasiou)

Third Period:



Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 11:19 - Sam Reinhart (Slashing -  2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 16:46 - Jeff Skinner (High sticking - 2 min.)
DET: 2:23 - Niklas Kronwall (Holding - 2 min.); 9:41 - Justin Abdelkader (Interference - 2 min.)

Third Period:

BUF: 12:20 - Tage Thompson (Tripping - 2 min.); 16:28 - Marco Scandella (High sticking - 2 min.)

Shots on Goal:

BUF: 21 (4, 12, 5)
DET: 29 (12, 5, 12)


BUF: Linus Ullmark - 28 saves
DET: Jimmy Howard - 18 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 2 for 3 (66.6%)
DET: 1 for 4 (25%)

Three Stars:

  1. Conor Sheary - BUF
  2. Casey Mittelstadt - BUF
  3. Linus Ullmark - BUF

What's next:

The Sabres are right back at it on home ice on Sunday afternoon. Buffalo and the Winnipeg Jets drop the puck at three o'clock on the flagship home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550. Pre-game coverage with Brian Koziol begins at 2 p.m.

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