Red Wings Win Sixth Straight
Ryan Miller played like a warrior again, stopping a season high 45 shots but it wasn’t enough as Detroit’s late surge pushed them past the Sabres 3-1, to earn their sixth straight win and snap Buffalo’s four game win streak in the process.
Ty Conklin filled in for Chris Osgood again stopping 21 shots to earn his 15th win of the season.
The Sabres drew first blood when Derek Roy scored his 16th of the season five minutes into the first. Thomas Vanek and Drew Stafford each had an assist.
Detroit tied it up in the second with a goal by Jiri Huddler, his 16th of the season. He also had an assist.
The game remained tied throughout the third and appeared to be headed for overtime when Mikael Samuelsson was able to lift a backhanded rebound shot over Miller’s outstretched body with 2:34 left. Samuelesson also had an assist.
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Marian Hossa added one for good measure just 59 seconds later to put the game out of reach. It was his 20th on the season to lead the Red Wings.
Goaltender Ryan Miller has been the savior for Buffalo who – to say the least – has struggled defensively this year. After stopping 43 of the 44 shots he faced in last nights win over the Rangers he had to figure he’d see a lot from the leagues highest scoring team.
"They’re tough. Ryan gave them a good chance to win," Detroit goaltender Ty Conklin told the Associated Press. "He made some big saves. The longer games like that stay close, and we're controlling the play, we’re going to break through."
Detroit did what they do best – force the puck into the opponents’ zone, take a lot of shots, and get scoring chances. They did just that, out shooting the Sabres 48-22.
"We were hoping to wear Miller down. We thought if we stayed at their net, we’d get our opportunities," Red Wings' coach Mike Babcock said. "He made some great saves early, but we stayed patient and were able to get the win."
Despite inconsistency throughout the year, Buffalo played tough against arguably the best team in hockey but just couldn’t come up with the win.
However, the reality is, you can’t give up 48 shots on goal and expect to have a chance to win. Especially when you’re playing a team as dangerous as Detroit. Giving up that many shots and only surrendering 3 goals is a sign of a sure handed goal tender. If only the Sabres defense could give him some help.
The Sabres have won just two of their last seventeen games against the Red Wings who now head into their six game road trip beginning in Dallas for a rematch with the Stars and includes a stop in San Jose for a rematch with the Sharks who still lead the west by 4 points.
ProHockey-fans.com Detroit Red Wings Correspondent