Red Wings Snap Skid Against Sabres

The Detroit Red Wings snapped a four-game losing streak Sunday night, defeating the Buffalo Sabres for just their second win in the last twelve games.

The win was a first for goalie Dominik Hasek, who had never won at HSBC Arena as a member of the opposition after spending nine seasons with the Sabres.

The game started ominously for the Red Wings, with the Sabres scoring on their first shot just 2:59 into the game.

After the puck bounced over defenseman Derek Meech's stick inside the Sabres' blue line, Buffalo rushed in on a three-on-one. Maxim Afinogenov got the puck to Patrick Kaleta in the slot for a rifled shot past Hasek, putting the Sabres up early.

Dallas Drake tied the game up with 8:04 left in the first. Niklas Kronwall came down low along the left-wing boards and threw a shot to the front of the net. Drake's tip didn't make it through but the puck bounced back off a Sabres defenseman and past goalie Ryan Miller.

A Valtteri Filppula power play goal gave the Red Wings the lead at 5:11 of the second. Tape-to-tape passing from Johan Franzen and Jiri Hudler worked the puck from the left wing to the bottom of the right faceoff cicle and back out into the slot for Filppula's tap-in.

Franzen added a goal of his own with 5:44 left in the period when Kronwall faked a blast from the top of the right circle and drew Miller to him before passing off to Franzen to put the puck in the open side of the net.

Jason Pominville briefly got Buffalo back in the game with an odd power-play goal at 3:12 of the third.

A Kirk Maltby hit along the boards in the neutral zone led to pushing and shoving between the two teams. Detroit's defenders moved in to take part but the play was never blown dead and the puck came out to Pominville, who broke in alone and put the puck past Hasek.

Kirk Maltby iced the game with 4:08 remaining, putting a one-timer past Miller from the left circle after Pavel Datsyuk won a one-on-two battle for the puck in the corner.

Hasek stopped 22 of 24 shots against his former team while Miller made 35 saves on 39 shots.

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Hasek gets another start as the Wings try to work him back into shape. There don't appear to be any lineup changes for tonight, no more injured Wings back just yet.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/2/2008 at 6:00 PM

 

For those of you who may not know, the game is being broadcast on FSN-Detroit. I haven't been able to find it on NBC.

I also understand you can view the game on Yahoo as a stream. I'm not sure how to view that. If anyone knows, let me know. Thanks.

Hasek starts tonight.

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/2/2008 at 6:03 PM

 

Well, that was quick.

Ugh.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/2/2008 at 6:12 PM

 

Wings don't appear to have much energy.

And HASEK's performance so far is marginal at best.

RYAN MILLER, Sabers goalie makes a save on a shot he didn't see. Why not HASEK?

Terrible.

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/2/2008 at 6:17 PM

 

For those with wanting to see the game on their computer --- Live feed for the game on

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/2/2008 at 6:23 PM

 

For those with wanting to see the game on their computer --- Live feed for the game on http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl


I just tried the Yahoo sports Live feed and apparently its restricted in my area.

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/2/2008 at 6:26 PM

 

And Maltby evens things up. Yeah, Maltby.

He's not as fast as Robert Lang used to be but if you complain enough, he'll do something about it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/2/2008 at 6:33 PM

 

Maltby's first mark in 36 games.

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/2/2008 at 6:34 PM

 

And Maltby evens things up. Yeah, Maltby.He's not as fast as Robert Lang used to be but if you complain enough, he'll do something about it.


Yeah, keep complaining because its seems to be working in his case.

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/2/2008 at 6:35 PM

 


And Maltby evens things up. Yeah, Maltby.He's not as fast as Robert Lang used to be but if you complain enough, he'll do something about it.


I started complaining about LANGs lackluster play last year and every time I did, its seemed like he would score a goal or assist on one.Yeah, keep complaining because its seems to be working in his case.

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/2/2008 at 6:37 PM

 

And just when I give Maltby a rare ovation and Kudo, they give the goal to Drake.

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/2/2008 at 6:42 PM

 

Dom shoulda been called for a trip.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/2/2008 at 6:43 PM

 

Smart, smart pass by Hudler, Dr. Fil makes it all good.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/2/2008 at 7:09 PM

 

Great Heads up feed from Hudler to Filps.

They (we) needed that one.

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/2/2008 at 7:10 PM

 

Holy sh*t! Lilja just saved a goal!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/2/2008 at 7:20 PM

 

Lilja redeems himself.

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/2/2008 at 7:24 PM

 

More really smart passing leading to Franzen's goal. I miss seeing the team like this.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/2/2008 at 7:27 PM

 

Thanks for the link...I had to change to a proxy IP, but now I can start watching the games they show (of course only when the Habs aren't playing). Quality is actually pretty good.


For those with wanting to see the game on their computer --- Live feed for the game on http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl


Posted by Stormo on 3/2/2008 at 7:42 PM

 

Thanks for the link...I had to change to a proxy IP, but now I can start watching the games they show (of course only when the Habs aren't playing). Quality is actually pretty good.



For those with wanting to see the game on their computer --- Live feed for the game on http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl


Yes, for what I understand the stream is very good quality. And its FREE (excluding the fact that you need high speed internet and there's usually a charge along with your cable).There's also something called sopcast (an internet feed) that broadcasts live games. I'm not sure that is free or not.

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/2/2008 at 7:44 PM

 

More really smart passing leading to Franzen's goal. I miss seeing the team like this.


Agreed. It would be nice to see the WINGS climb out of their slump BEFORE the injured players start coming back (Rafalski, Lidstrom, Chelios and Cleary). In doing so, It would show they have it together even without their injured stars.

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/2/2008 at 7:47 PM

 

Sopcast free, but it's horrible...it's a user uploading video from their TV. Although the picture is small on Yahoo, the quality is excellent.

Posted by Stormo on 3/2/2008 at 7:48 PM

 

DOM is certainly not back yet. A very freak goal. Usually its a whistle called.

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/2/2008 at 7:59 PM

 

I'm trying hard not to bash the refs, but that's two goals in the last two games where play should have been blown dead.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/2/2008 at 8:00 PM

 

Sopcast free, but it's horrible...it's a user uploading video from their TV. Although the picture is small on Yahoo, the quality is excellent.


OK thanks on the sopcast info. Can't you resize the Yahoo cast to full screen?

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/2/2008 at 8:01 PM

 


Sopcast free, but it's horrible...it's a user uploading video from their TV. Although the picture is small on Yahoo, the quality is excellent.


OK thanks on the sopcast info. Can't you resize the Yahoo cast to full screen?

Just had to double-click it...lol...it's official, I'm an idiot

Posted by Stormo on 3/2/2008 at 8:08 PM

 



Sopcast free, but it's horrible...it's a user uploading video from their TV. Although the picture is small on Yahoo, the quality is excellent.


OK thanks on the sopcast info. Can't you resize the Yahoo cast to full screen?

Just had to double-click it...lol...it's official, I'm an idiot

Haha. I thought I was computer illiterate -- technology challenged.

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/2/2008 at 8:09 PM

 

I'm really impressed with Filppula's skating ability. He came back with Zeta to make that least play a near goal.

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/2/2008 at 8:11 PM

 

Maltby unloads to get one he'll get to keep.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/2/2008 at 8:22 PM

 

Haha. Maltby Finally! 36 games without a goal ends tonight.

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/2/2008 at 8:22 PM

 

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