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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on January 13, 2020

Buffalo hosts Vegas tomorrow night at KeyBank Center

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Evan Rodrigues and Zach Bogosian scored their first goals of the season last night in the Sabres' 5-1 win over Detroit. 

Rodrigues also punched in a power-play goal for his second marker, Zemgus Girgensons capitalized on a shorthanded breakaway, Rasmus Ristolainen scored on the power play while in the net-front position and Curtis Lazar picked up a pair of assists. An eventful night for sure.

Buffalo will not practice today, but the team will return to the ice tomorrow for a 7 p.m. faceoff against the Vegas Golden Knights at KeyBank Center. Tickets are on sale now.

Here's what you need to know. 

About last night

Video: Rodrigues scores twice, Sabres down Red Wings

From the Postgame Report...

Evan Rodrigues tried to keep the same mentality as the wait continued for his first goal of the season: Just keep shooting, and the puck will go in. 

It went in on his first shift of the night inside Little Caesars Arena on Sunday, giving the Buffalo Sabres an early lead and Rodrigues his first goal since March 17 of last season. Then, less than three minutes later, it went in again. 

Sometimes, all it takes is one. 

"Obviously, it was bound to go in eventually," Rodrigues said afterward. "Just keep shooting. Obviously, it was a bit of a relief, but I didn't really lose confidence. Like I said, it was going to go in eventually. It was nice to see it go in."

Rodrigues' two goals set the tone for the Sabres in a 5-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. It was a bounce-back effort from their loss to Vancouver on Saturday, a game that prompted hard reflection at the team's morning meeting. 

Video: Rodrigues on the postgame show

Video: POSTGAME: Krueger 

Video: POSTGAME: Bogosian

Video: POSTGAME: Girgensons 

The win featured contributions from throughout the lineup. Zach Bogosian also scored his first goal of the season. Zemgus Girgensons scored shorthanded, Rasmus Ristolainen scored on the power play, and Curtis Lazar tallied two assists for his first multi-point game with the Sabres. 

"Just the way we played last night, I think, got us going," Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said. "It was very disappointing, and we had a pretty serious morning today. I think everybody understood the messages that were flowing around and what we needed to do here, and we really came out and played with our character, with our personality, and that was an excellent start to the game."

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Luukkonen called up to Rochester

Rochester Americans General Manager Randy Sexton announced yesterday that the team has recalled goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen from the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL).

Luukkonen returns to Rochester on his second recall of the season after posting a 12-5-3 record in 20 games with Cincinnati. The 20-year-old rookie netminder ranks third among all ECHL goaltenders with a 2.12 goals-against average and is 12th in the league with a .917 save percentage while also being tied for second with three shutouts.

This past week, Luukkonen was named to the upcoming 2020 Warrior/ECHL All-Star Classic, scheduled for later this month, to represent the Cyclones. The Espoo, Finland native was also honored by the league as the Warrior Hockey/ECHL Goaltender of the Month for November after posting a record of 6-2-1-0 with a 1.88 goals-against average along a .925 save percentage.

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