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The first period was arguably the worst period of hockey the Detroit Red Wings have played all season. The Buffalo Sabres would get on the board less than two minutes into the game, when Drew Stafford took advantage of a turnover in the Red Wings’ zone, and fired home a wrister from the slot on Petr Mrazek. They’d score again, on another turnover, when Tyler Ennis deflected a shot past Mrazek for the 2-0 lead. The final goal of the night for Mrazek was Chris Stewart’s blast from the top of the faceoff circle on the power play that found its way in. Mrazek would be yanked from the game and Tom McCollum would get his first action of the season.
A completely different Red Wings team took the ice for the second period. They came out and got on the board almost immediately, just a minute into the frame, when Henrik Zetterberg sailed a shot off the side of the head of Tyson Strachan, and Gustav Nyquist put the rebound in past Jhonas Enroth for their first goal of the game. Roughly three minutes later the Red Wings would do it again, when Drew Miller corralled a rebound in the slot, and let off a spinning wrister that caught Enroth off-guard and slid in 5-hole to make it 3-2. The tying goal would come courtesy of an unassisted Tomas Tatar goal, when the Sabres turned the puck over right in front of their net, and Tatar fired a wrister up on Enroth and in for the 3-3 game leaving the second period.
The Red Wings continued their momentous swing into the third period, only this frame it was all on the captain. On a delayed penalty to Buffalo, Pavel Datsyuk let a shot off from the point through traffic, and Zetterberg poked the rebound in for the Red Wings’ first lead of the night, 4-3. The next tally would come roughly four minutes later on another power play, when Zetterberg took a pass in the slot from Nyquist and redirected it up and in to extend the Red Wings’ lead. Buffalo wouldn’t go without a fight though. Right off the faceoff in the Red Wings’ zone, Ennis put a quick shot on McCollum that he squeezed between his pads, but it trickled through and just barely over the line to cut the Red Wings’ lead to 5-4. Zetterberg would complete the hat trick though, when he fired a shot into the Sabres’ zone from center ice wide of the net. He picked up the rebound, circled back to the faceoff circle, and let off a wrister that beat Enroth short-side and skittered into the goal for the Red Wings’ 6-4 final score, and the 6th hat trick of his career.