In the dressing room after their loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday, members of the Sabres spoke about flushing that game and moving on to the next one.
They responded with a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Friday, improving to 9-2-1 this season. Linus Ullmark made 41 saves for his first shutout of the season, including several key stops to preserve a scoreless tie when the Red Wings made an early push in the first period.
Jake McCabe and Sam Reinhart scored goals for the Sabres. Reinhart also tallied an assist, giving him 10 points (5+5) in 12 contests this season. Jack Eichel added a pair of helpers.
Video: BUF@DET: Ullmark blanks Red Wings with 41 saves
Ullmark kept the Red Wings off the board during a first period in which they outshot the Sabres, 12-6. He stopped Andreas Athanasiou from in tight on the first shift of the game. Less than five minutes later, he used his blocker to rob Valtteri Filppula on a breakaway chance.
The goalie's performance set the stage for McCabe to open the scoring at the 11:40 mark of the second. McCabe - who had left the game to receive stitches above his eye during the first period - scored with a shot from the point while Victor Olofsson battled to screen Howard down low.
Olofsson also factored into Buffalo's next goal, which came late on a power play to begin the third. Jack Eichel passed through traffic to the rookie forward, who found a seam to hit Reinhart at the back door at the 1:15 mark of the period.
Ullmark preserved the shutout late, preventing the Red Wings from scoring on a 6-on-4 advantage in the final minutes of the contest.
What it means
The Sabres are now 3-0-0 after losses this season. They're also 9-2-2 against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including a 6-1-0 record in Detroit.
Ullmark, meanwhile, joins in on the shutout fun after Carter Hutton earned back-to-back shutouts earlier this month. The Sabres have relied on both their goaltenders as they've navigated a busy schedule through an early part of the season. Ullmark now has three wins in five starts, with one of his two losses coming in overtime.
On the injury front, defenseman John Gilmour made his Sabres debut in place of Marco Scandella, who missed the game with a lower-body injury. Skating on a defense pair with Colin Miller, Gilmour tallied two shots in 17:20.
The Sabres will evaluate Scandella and forward Jimmy Vesey, who missed the game with an upper-body injury, this weekend.
Roll the Highlight Film
Ullmark set the tone less than five minutes into the game when he stoned Filppula on a breakaway.
Video: BUF@DET: Ullmark stops Filppula's breakaway bid
The Sabres return home to host the Arizona Coyotes on Monday. Coverage on MSG begins at 6:30 p.m., or you can listen live on WGR 550. The puck drops at 7.