Sign in to comment!

Menu
Home

Hockey

Red Wings beat Sabres 3-2 in overtime

DETROIT (AP) — Brian Rafalski scored a power-play goal 31 seconds into overtime, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

Detroit, which blew a two-goal lead, moved into eighth place in the Western Conference standings ahead of the idle Calgary Flames.

Pavel Datsyuk and Patrick Eaves put Detroit ahead a few minutes into the game, scoring on the second and third shots against Ryan Miller.

Jochen Hecht pulled Buffalo within a goal at the 7:05 mark of the first period and tied it 5½ minutes into the second.

Miller bounced back from his rough start to make 34 saves. He got a warm reception, playing in his home state for the first time since helping the U.S. win silver at the Olympics. Detroit's Jimmy Howard stopped 24 shots.

The Red Wings took advantage of a power play in the extra period when Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers, a rookie of the year candidate, cleared the puck over the glass and was called for delay of game.

Rafalski's slap shot from the left circle beat Miller on the short side. They were teammates last month at the Vancouver Games. It was Rafalski's first winning goal this season.

Detroit has won five of seven since the Olympic break and the Sabres are 3-4, giving Ottawa hopes of winning the Northeast Division.

The Red Wings got off to a great start against Buffalo as Datsyuk scored on a carom off the endboards, beating Miller from a slight angle.

Eaves beat the Sabres down the ice on his goal, flipping a shot past Miller as he slid on his left knee 3:15 into the game.

Buffalo, though, refused to wilt.

Hecht scored his 15th and 16th goals, tying the game, and Miller turned away enough shots to keep the Sabres in the game.

Both teams had chances to win the game in the third, but each hit a post.

NOTES: Miller fell to 1-2 against his younger brother, Drew, in the NHL. They both grew up in East Lansing and played for their hometown Michigan State Spartans. ... Their mother, Teresa, attended the game and wore a homemade jacket that was half blue and half red with both of her son's numbers on the back.