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Tvrdon, Mosher lead Red Wings over Sabres

Tuesday, 09.13.2011 / 10:43 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer / Prospecting the future

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Tvrdon, Mosher lead Red Wings over Sabres
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Slovakian Marek Tvrdon scored two goals and Evan Mosher turned aside 19 shots to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday in the final round-robin contest of the Traverse City Prospects tournament.

Tvrdon, who was drafted by the Red Wings in the fourth round (No. 115 overall) last June, scored both his goals in the first period when Detroit opened a 2-1 edge. Tvrdon will spend his first full season in North America this season with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League. He had 6 goals and 11 points in 12 games with the team in 2010-11.

Phil Varone scored the first-period goal for Buffalo, which had forwards Luke Adam and Daniel Cantenacci and defenseman Brayden McNabb listed as healthy scratches for the match. Detroit was without six players, including 2011 first-round pick Tomas Jurco, who was sidelined with a lower-body injury.

Marcus Foligno scored 13:21 into the second to pull the Sabres into a 2-2 tie. Detroit scored three goals on 11 shots in the third -- receiving goals from Bryan Rufenach, Joakim Andersson and Trevor Parkes. Nathan Lieuwen turned aside 32 shots for Buffalo, which went 0-for-7 on the power-play.

Detroit will play Carolina in the seventh-place game on Wednesday at Center ICE Arena. Buffalo, meanwhile, will battle the New York Rangers in the championship match at 7 p.m. ET.

The fifth-place game will feature the Minnesota Wild against the Dallas Stars and the third-place match will have the St. Louis Blues against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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I'm very excited about what happened today. We've worked on this deal with Toronto for a month, or over a month. It got a little bit of legs on draft day, but it really heated up last night, and we were able to complete the deal today.

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