The Sabres started off the game slow as has been the trend this season. Detroit jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the shots about halfway through the period. After a poor power play, the Sabres started to turn it up.
They had a few chances including a wide-open look from Justin Bailey that missed the net and Kyle Okposo being set up with a layup from Jack Eichel that he fumbled. Buffalo rallied to end the period with a 12-10 lead in shot, but it was scoreless after 20 minutes.
The Sabres continued to build on their strong end to the first period in the second. They would have the better opportunities to score in the middle frame. Eventually, Benoit Pouliot would break the tie scoring his second goal in two games on a rebound from a Victor Antipin shot. That would also be Antipin’s first NHL point.
Lehner made the big save in the period on Frk who had a great chance as he streaks through the slot. Sabres would hold a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes.
The Sabres would hold on to the 1-0 lead in the final period. Detroit had some chances, but Lehner was there for his first shutout of the season. This win makes it two in a row as the Sabres head to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets tomorrow.
What to Watch
1. Can Eichel spark Okposo?
No. Okposo was pretty nonexistent again.
2. Pouliot at center?
Nope, Reinhart ended up playing center. Pouliot was really good though.
3. Can the Sabres solve Jimmy Howard?
Kind of...they beat him only once, but won.