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NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Detroit



(Wednesday, October 2nd)

Final Score: Detroit 2, Buffalo 1

Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Mikael Samuelsson and Pavel Datsyuk tallied 36 seconds apart in the first period and Jimmy Howard turned away 19-of-20 shots, as the Detroit Red Wings took down the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1, in the season opener for both teams.

The Red Wings have beaten Buffalo in 12 of the last 13 matchups at Joe Louis Arena since 1996.

Howard is coming off the best season of his career, in which he posted a 2.13 goals-against average and his five shutouts tied for the league lead.

"I thought we got off to a great start there," Howard said. "We took a lot of penalties, so we're going to have to clean that up, especially early on in the year here, where it seems like it's more tightly called."

Detroit, which had been a member of the Western Conference since 1993-94, got off to an ideal start as a part of the East following the league's realignment this offseason.

Zemgus Girgensons scored his first career goal for Buffalo, which came up short on all seven of its power-play opportunities. Girgensons, drafted 14th overall in the 2012 draft, lit the lamp in the third period.

Ryan Miller was steady following the two early goals, stopping 32-of-34 shots in the narrow defeat.

"We were right there all night," Miller said. "We got in a position to tie. I think we were improving as the game went on."

Towards the end of Buffalo's first power play early on, Henrik Zetterberg stole the puck in the Sabres' zone and led an odd-man rush short-handed that nearly resulted in the Wings' first goal. Zetterberg slid the puck to a streaking Datsyuk on the 2-on-1, but his deflection saw the puck go just wide of the left post.

Midway through the first, Cory Emmerton sped down the right flank and finessed the puck towards the net for a crashing Samuelsson, who deflected it over Miller's left shoulder and under the post for the game's opening goal at the 12:05 mark.

Less than a minute later, Datsyuk created a bit of magic when he danced through the Sabres' zone and juked past a defender before unleashing a backhand past Miller for a 2-0 edge.

The Wings appeared to have netted their third goal with a second left in a second period power play, but goaltender interference was called on Daniel Cleary, who made contact with Miller as the puck slid past the goal line. Cleary, who tapped the puck en route to goal, would have gotten credit for the score.

Detroit kept the pressure on and moments later, Emmerton earned a penalty shot after getting tripped up by Thomas Vanek. Miller, however, was up to the task, calmly stopping the five-hole attempt.

Ron Rolston, who went 15-11-5 last season after taking over as interim coach of the Sabres following Lindy Ruff's firing, used Buffalo's timeout with a 5- on-3 advantage late in the second. The Sabres came up empty on the ensuing advantage, failing to get off a single shot on goal.

Buffalo finally broke through when Howard went behind his net to clear the puck 12:36 into the third. The Detroit net-minder hesitated just a bit and the disc deflected off of Brian Flynn and landed on Girgensons' waiting stick. A second later, the young Latvian slapped it past Howard, who slid into position late and failed to stop the backhand.

The Sabres pulled Miller with 1:10 remaining but mustered just one shot in the final moments. Christian Ehrhoff got off a blistering slap shot from behind the blue line with three seconds showing on the clock, but Howard gobbled it up and to secure the win.

Game Notes

Fifteen of 18 Detroit skaters registered at least one shot on goal ... Daniel Alfredsson, who spent 17 years in Ottawa and is the Senators' all-time leader in goals and assists, made his Detroit debut, tallying three shots in 16:13 on the ice ... The Wings improved to 20-2-1 with a tie in the last 24 meetings with Buffalo ... Detroit secured 60 percent of the faceoffs.

10/03 02:39:54 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
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x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
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Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
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Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
17th
DUR 6
NOR 8
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
9th
DET 2
CLE 3
 
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
8th
TEX 1
SEA 2
 
6th
CWS 3
BOS 1
 
7th
HOU 4
KAN 2
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN 0
TOR 0
2nd
ANA 0
OAK 0
 
2nd
SDP 0
COL 0
 
1st
SFG 0
LOS 0
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
 
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
 
4th
MEM 91
DAL 90
 
4th
OKC 106
DET 110
 
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
 
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
4th
MIA 85
PHI 95
 
4th
NYK 90
TOR 90
 
1st OT
MIN 110
UTA 111
 
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
1st OT
TAM 4
MON 4
 
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
1st
ANA 1
DAL 0
 
17th
DUR 6
NOR 8