Red Wings Hold Off Sabres for Opening Night Win

The Detroit Red Wings held off a third-period comeback attempt by the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night, earning a 2-1 win in their season opener.

Detroit had carried a 2-0 lead into the final period but the Sabres scored late to make for an exciting finish.

With 7:24 remaining, Red Wings' netminder Jimmy Howard attempted to play the puck behind the net but Brian Flynn raced in after him. Howard's clearing chance was blocked by Flynn and the puck deflected out in front of the net to Zemgus Girgensons. Howard made it back out into the crease in time to stack the pads but Girgensons threw the puck into the open top of the net.

The Red Wings had opened the scoring with 7:55 left in the first period, when Mikael Samuelsson tipped a Cory Emmerton pass in behind Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller from the right side of the slot on a rush.

Just 36 seconds later, Pavel Datsyuk made it 2-0 when he dragged the puck from the right circle through the slot and flung a backhander past Miller.

Emmerton had a chance to make it 3-0 wit 7:41 remaining in the middle frame when Thomas Vanek tripped him on a breakaway, leading to a penalty shot. Emmerton's snap from the slot was easily stopped by Miller, keeping the game within reach for Buffalo.

Miller finished the night with 32 saves on 34 shots while Howard stopped 19 of the 20 he faced.

Neither team scored a power play goal. Detroit had three tries with the extra attacker while Buffalo had seven, including two five-on-threes.

The Red Wings are next in action when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday.


Notes: The game was Detroit's first as a member of the Eastern Conference... Tomas Tatar and Brian Lashoff were healthy scratches for the Red Wings.

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I thought Emmerton had been sent to GR...was I misinformed? What's up with that?

Posted by OldBroad on 10/2/2013 at 7:23 PM

 

I'm ready http://twitter.com/d...0887040/photo/1

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/2/2013 at 7:51 PM

 

Six minutes to pre-game show

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/2/2013 at 7:53 PM

 

First octopus of the season hits the ice at the Joe

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/2/2013 at 8:10 PM

 

Quincey kinda awesome on the PK there

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/2/2013 at 8:19 PM

 

Sammy. I... Okay.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/2/2013 at 8:33 PM

 

Eastern Conference... Pavel Datsyuk

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/2/2013 at 8:34 PM

 

Looks like we're taking some shots to the head that are not getting called.

Posted by OldBroad on 10/2/2013 at 8:39 PM

 

I Do not like Steve Ott....

Posted by OldBroad on 10/2/2013 at 8:41 PM

 

Crappy looking power play!

Posted by OldBroad on 10/2/2013 at 8:42 PM

 

A lot of empty seats?

Posted by OldBroad on 10/2/2013 at 8:46 PM

 

Second intermission thoughts... PK is a dammed beast tonight. Alfredsson skates really smoothly. Andersson makes me miss Helm less.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/2/2013 at 9:46 PM

 

Alright... Let's see what kind of finish this team has.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/2/2013 at 9:57 PM

 

Knew it'd be some stupid broken play that got Buffalo in it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/2/2013 at 10:19 PM

 

Wasn't pretty but we'll take it

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/2/2013 at 10:35 PM

 


A lot of empty seats?



Lots of people wandering around during play. Weird night in the arena.




I thought Emmerton had been sent to GR...was I misinformed? What's up with that?



Waived and expected to be sent down but then he wasn't. Worked out.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/3/2013 at 9:28 AM

 
Mikael Samuelsson

Mikael Samuelsson
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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