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At the Horn: Sabres 5 - Red Wings 1

Rodrigues scores twice in road win

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Evan Rodrigues and Zach Bogosian both scored their first goals of the season on Sunday as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-1 on Sunday at Little Caesars Arena.

Rodrigues scored twice to open the scoring, and Zemgus Girgensons and Rasmus Ristolainen also tallied for Buffalo. Linus Ullmark made 21 saves in net. 

Curtis Lazar had a multi-point effort for Buffalo with two assists. 

 

What happened

The Sabres got off to a fast start with a pair of goals from Rodrigues in the opening five minutes. On the opening goal, Lazar bowled over Filip Hronek at the Red Wings blue line and fed the puck to Rodrigues, who one-timed a shot from the slot into the back of the net 2:39 into the contest. 

Then at the 5:00 mark, Rodrigues pounded the puck in short side on the power play to give Buffalo a 2-0 lead.  

With 7:17 left in the first, Zemgus Girgensons scored on a breakaway while shorthanded after Robby Fabbri was unable to keep the puck in the Buffalo zone.

Ullmark made a crucial stop 2:03 into second when he stopped Valtteri Filppulla on breakaway as he stepped out of the penalty box. 

Then Madison Bowey cut the Red Wings deficit to two when his wrist shot from the point beat Ullmark with 8:04 remaining in the second. 

The Sabres caught a break with 5:55 left in the period due to a penalty. Zach Bogosian knocked the net off and was called for delay of game just before Brandon Montour put his hand over the puck and pushed it out over the goal line. The Sabres were able to kill off the penalty. Detroit's power play went 0-for-3 on the night. 

After being outshot 11-3 in the second period and held to limited offensive zone time, the Sabres came out of the gates flying in the third period.

First, Bogosian scored 2:35 into the final frame when he cut into the slot and put a backhand shot past Jimmy Howard to make it 4-1. 

And in front of the net, where he's found made himself comfortable recently, Ristolainen set up a screen and banged home a Jack Eichel rebound at the 3:40 mark. 


What it means

Buffalo is now 20-19-7 on the season and 7-13-4 on the road.

Eichel extended his point streak to seven games. He has three goals and five assists during the streak.

Rasmus Dahlin, with the secondary assist on Ristolainen's goal, is now on a four-game point streak. He has five assists in that span. 

Girgensons' shorthanded marker was the seventh of his career. He last scored on the penalty kill back on Feb. 6, 2018 against Anaheim. 

Rodrigues scored for the first time since March 17. His only other multi-goal game was on Dec. 10, 2017.


Roll the highlight film

Here's Girgensons' shorty:

Video: BUF@DET: Girgensons scores pretty SHG on breakaway

 

Coming up

Buffalo will host the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday at KeyBank Center. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. with pregame coverage kicking off at 6:30 on MSG. Tickets are on sale now.
 

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