Detroit shuffled into Buffalo just in time to crash the Dominik Hasek number retirement party Tuesday night. A special banner raising ceremony was held before the game to honor the greatest goaltender in Sabres history. That didn’t hold the Red Wings back any as they scored a short-handed goal in the first period and never looked back. Buffalo’s only real scoring threat in the first period came from Matt Moulson who shot high and wide on a breakaway. That would have given Buffalo a 1-0 lead.
Darren Helm’s 8th goal of the season wasn’t the game winner but it took the noise from the sell-out crowd out of this one early and Detroit cruised to a 3-1 win. The Sabres have now lost 8 in a row. Michal Neuvirth allowed three goals on 30 shots, the shorty in the first, then a power play and an even strength in the second.
Petr Mrazek played very well between the pipes for Detroit allowing just one goal on 26 shots. Mike Weber scored the lone goal for Buffalo off a feed from Brian Flynn. It was Weber’s first of the year. The Weber goal made it a one goal game midway through the second period but Detroit answered ninety seconds later when Tomas Tatar scored his 17th of the year.
Buffalo was outshot 25-18 after 2 periods. There was no scoring in the third the Sabres closest opportunity in the third period to scoring was when forward Tyler Ennis tried to cradle the puck and carry it mid-air from behind the Red Wings goal. He lost control and Mrazek covered up. The Sabres then used its lone time out and after a brief flurry of blocked shots the final horn sounded.
The Sabres have scored just nine times during its most recent slide.
“We can’t just sit up on the blue line waiting for something to happen” a dejected Neuvirth said afterewards. “I don’t know what the answer is, we’ll just have to practice through it.”
Weber echoed his teammate’s sentiment adding “we need some offense, getting to the net, scoring those dirty goals.”
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