The Detroit Red Wings bounce back after disappointing loss, dropping the struggling Buffalo Sabres 3-1.
The Red Wings came out into the first period without the energy everyone expected them to have after a tough loss. They’d fall behind early on a costly turnover by Darren Helm. At 7:47, Cody Hodgson took the loose puck and put a deke on Jonas Gustavsson to pull him out of the net. He then put it between Gustavsson’s pad and the goal post and tapped it in to make it 1-0 Sabres. The Wings would get a few good looks but failed to score in the period. Shots through one were 14-6 in favor of the Wings.
The second period was much more of the play that the Red Wings were looking for. Just 30 seconds into the period, Helm took a pass in the middle of the slot and made a 270 degree spinning backhand at Ryan Miller that found its way past him to tie the game 1-1. A few more good chances for either side, including a penalty shot that was turned away by Gustavsson, still saw the period end tied 1-1. Shots through two periods were 22-15 in favor of Detroit.
The offense finally came alive for the Red Wings in the third period. Though held off the board for half of the period, they finally struck again at 11:43 on the power play. Johan Franzen took a shot from the bottom of the faceoff circle, that hit a Buffalo player and another Buffalo player’s stick on its way to Miller and bounced its way past him to make it 2-1 Wings. On the ensuing 6-on-5 in the closing moments of the game, Daniel Alfredsson added a tally of his own in his first game back in 5 after a groin injury. Franzen took the puck into the zone on the empty net but bounced it off the near post. He regained possession and got to Alfredsson in front of the net who buried it to make the final score of 3-1. Shots through the game ended 34-22 in favor of Detroit.
This is the type of game they needed to get themselves on track again. Without the services of two of their top-6 forwards, one of which being Datsyuk himself, and without arguably their number 2 defenseman in Danny DeKeyser, and they still pulled off the win. Hopefully the momentum can carry over into their next match, which will be Wednesday night against the Boston Bruins back at the Joe. See you then Nation!