Red Wings Rally for Shootout Win over Sabres

Jiri Hudler scored with less than a minute remaining in regulation and then again in the shootout to help lead the Detroit Red Wings to a comeback win over the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night.

The Sabres led 2-0 after the first period before the Red Wings rallied.

Hudler tied the game up with 58 seconds left in the third period. He jumped off the bench as an extra attacker just in time to jump into the play and put the rebound of a Johan Franzen shot past Sabres netminder Ryan Miller.

Pavel Datsyuk had gotten the Red Wings on the board with 9:17 left in the second period, with Detroit on a power play. Datsyuk's attempted shot from the high slot was blocked but the puck came right back to him to swat through traffic and past Miller.

Datsyuk and Hudler provided the scoring in the shootout, as well. Datsyuk beat Miller on a backhand on Detroit's first attempt and Hudler tried the same move, putting a shot off the crossbar before the puck bounced back down off Miller's back and across the goal line.

Detroit goalie Joey MacDonald stopped Drew Stafford and Thomas Vanek in their shootout chances.

Buffalo scored twice in 2:04 in the first period to get out to their early lead.

Andrej Sekera lifted a backhander on a quick two-on-one over MacDonald with 7:05 left in the period.

With 5:01 left, Mike Grier kicked the puck from his skate to his stick and beat MacDonald from in close to make it 2-0.

MacDonald finished the night with 30 saves on 32 Buffalo shots. Miller stopped 35 of Detroit's 37 chances.

Datsyuk's goal was the lone power play goal of the night. Detroit had two tries with the man-advantage to Buffalo's one.

The Red Wings continue their five-game road trip in Los Angeles on Monday when they face the Kings.


Notes: Detroit was without defenseman Brian Rafalski, who missed the game with back spasms. He is expected to return in Los Angeles. Jakub Kindl played in his place... Mike Modano and Valtteri Filppula returned to the Red Wings lineup from injury. Drew Miller was a healthy scratch to make room for them.

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Mike Modano and Valtteri Filppula return to the lineup tonight as the Red Wings visit the Buffalo Sabres. With Patrick Eaves still out, one forward will have to sit to make room. Drew Miller will play against his brother, so the odd-man out is expected to be Justin Abdelkader or Kris Draper. I lean towards Draper.

Brian Rafalski will miss the game with back spasms. Jakub Kindl takes his spot amid rumors (denied by Ken Holland) that Kindl, Jonathan Ericsson, or Jiri Hudler could be bound for Atlanta in return for Zack Bogosian.

Joey MacDonald gets the start for Detroit. Sorry if I have bad feelings about that.

This is the first game of a five-game road trip, with all four of the remaining games out West. That's 5000 miles of travel in one trip.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/26/2011 at 2:50 PM

 

Miller scratched? Un-Babcock-like move there, with all the family in attendance.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/26/2011 at 6:58 PM

 

Innocent looking shot. I recognize that it was a good chance but I feel like J-Mac should have had it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/26/2011 at 7:29 PM

 

Well, that was a bit weird. Kinda broken play but Joey not looking good.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/26/2011 at 7:34 PM

 

Well sh*t... Down by two late in the first.

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/26/2011 at 7:41 PM

 

I may be ripping on Joey on Twitter right now but the rest of the team looked better than they did on Thursday. It's something.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/26/2011 at 7:50 PM

 

I will believe it when we are on the scoreboard <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/toothless.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":hockeysmiley:" border="0" alt="toothless.gif" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/26/2011 at 7:58 PM

 

Lucky bounce in Detroit's favor this time. Nice shot by Pavs.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/26/2011 at 8:23 PM

 

Much better period. Could easily be tied (or better) right now.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/26/2011 at 8:37 PM

 

Huds! I'll be damned.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/26/2011 at 9:25 PM

 

Fought back for the point. That's important. I like the Wings' momentum but I fear the shootout.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/26/2011 at 9:28 PM

 

Damn. Gimmick, here we come.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/26/2011 at 9:37 PM

 

Holy hell. Joey MacDonald beats Ryan Miller in the shootout. Never would have predicted that.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/26/2011 at 9:42 PM

 

Holy hell. Joey MacDonald beats Ryan Miller in the shootout. Never would have predicted that.


O, ye of little faith...!

Posted by OldBroad on 2/26/2011 at 10:39 PM

 

And good job Wings!

From cool dusty Jalalabad, Afghanistan!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 2/26/2011 at 11:18 PM

 

I'm looking forward to them keeping the win streak alive in Anaheim!!!! I can't wait!

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/27/2011 at 7:24 PM

 
Jiri Hudler

Jiri Hudler
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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