Sabres extend win streak to nine, defeat Detroit 3-2 in shootout

Sam Reinhart scores the game-winner in the seventh round of the shootout

Pat Malacaro
November 24, 2018 - 9:04 pm

Photo: Marilyn Indahl - USA TODAY Sports


The Buffalo Sabres are in first place in the National Hockey League after scoring a 3-2 shootout win against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night at Little Caesar's Arena. Buffalo's 34 points in one more than both the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators.

The Sabres took advantage of the game's first penalty, helping the team enjoy a 1-0 lead over Detroit. The Red Wings were penalized for too many men on the ice, and the blue and gold scored on the ensuing man advantage. Jeff Skinner scored his 18th goal of the year with a rebound chance. Jack Eichel and Rasmus Ristolianen were credited with the assists on the goal.

Buffalo recorded 17 shots on goal in the first period, with Jimmy Howard making 16 saves. Linus Ullmark got the start for the blue and gold, making 13 saves in the opening stanza as well. 

Jake McCabe was called for the lone Buffalo penalty in the first period. The rear guard sat for two minutes for slashing. The Red Wings failed to score on their power play chance.

The Red Wings evened up the score 1-1 less than a minute into the second period, thanks to Dylan Larkin. The forward used a wrist shot to the short side to beat Ullmark on the game-tying goal. It came just fifty-three seconds into the period, and was assisted by Anthony Mantha.

Buffalo once again scored on the man advantage with a one-time shot for a 2-1 lead. Tage Thompson took the one-timer after a pass from Rasmus Dahlin to beat Howard. Dahlin and Zach Bogosian assisted on the goal.

A goal just as their power play chance ended resulted in the second tie of the game for Detroit. Mantha chipped home his seventh goal of the season as the puck sat behind Ullmark in the blue paint. The goal came just as McCabe came out of the penalty box after serving an interference minor.

Larkin took a holding penalty just a as he impeded Eichel towards the net, giving Buffalo a 4-on-3 power play chance in overtime. Neither team was able to score in the OT period, sending the game to a shootout.

The shootout lasted into seven rounds before Buffalo would get the better of Howard and the Red Wings. Sam Reinhart scored the game-winning goal in the shootout after Ullmark made a save in the seventh round.


Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 3:37 - Jeff Skinner (18) PPG (Jack Eichel, Rasmus Ristolainen)

Second Period

DET: 0:53 - Dylan Larkin (9) (Anthony Mantha, Justin Abdelkader)

Third Period

BUF: 7:40 - Tage Thompson (2) PPG (Rasmus Dahlin, Zach Bogosian)
DET: 13:52 - Anthony Mantha (7) (Todd Bertuzzi, Mike Green)




DET: Frans Nielsen - SAVE
BUF: Jack Eichel - MISS
DET: Thomas Vanek - SAVE
BUF: Jason Pominville - SAVE
DET: Gustav Nyquist - MISS
BUF: Casey Mittelstadt - SAVE
DET: Dylan Larkin - SAVE
BUF: Conor Sheary - SAVE
DET: Andreas Athansiou - GOAL
Tage Thompson - GOAL
DET: Justin Abdelkader - SAVE
BUF: Jeff Skinner - SAVE
DET: Michael Rasmussen - SAVE
BUF: Sam Reinhart - GOAL


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 11:22 - Jake McCabe (Slashing - 2 min.)
DET: 2:48 - Team (Too many men on the ice - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 12:49 - Marco Scandella (Tripping - 2 min.)
DET:  3:17 - Trevor Daley (Hooking - 2 min.)

Third Period:

BUF: 5:15 - Sam Reinhart (Interference - 2 min.); 11:48 - Jake McCabe (Interference - 2 min.)
DET: 6:01 - Thomas Vanek (Slashing - 2 min.)


DET: 0:55 - Dylan Larkin (Holding - 2 min.)

Shots on Goal:

BUF: 35 (17, 5, 10, 3) 
DET: 37 (13, 11, 12, 1)


BUF: Linus Ullmark - 35 saves
DET: Jimmy Howard - 33 saves 

Power Plays:

BUF: 2 for 4 (50%)
DET: 0 for 4 (0%)

Three Stars:

  1. Linus Ullmark - BUF
  2. Jimmy Howard - DET
  3. Jeff Skinner - BUF

What's Next:

The blue and gold can extend the winning streak to 10 straight games when they return home to host the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. Buffalo and the Sharks drop the puck at seven o'clock on the flagship home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550. Pre-game coverage begins at 6 p.m. with Mike Schopp and the Bulldog at (716) Food and Sport.

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