The Detroit Red Wings (29-7-5) extended their winning streak to six games while halting the Buffalo Sabres (21-16-5) winning streak at four games with a 3-1 win at Joe Louis Arena. The Wings remain perfect in 2009 and now hope to continue their success on the road.
The score makes the game appear a lot closer than it really was. The goaltending efforts of Ryan Miller were the reason the Sabres were still in the game until late in the third period. Miller faced 48 shots saving all but three. Truly impressive. It was just a matter of the Wings wearing Buffalo down and just taking shots
Derek Roy scored Buffalo's lone goal 5:03 into the first period. Detroit's only penalty of the game (hooking by Pavel Datsyuk) also came in the first. Surprisingly, there were only four penalties last night making for an efficient game that just allowed these two teams to play.
With three minutes left in the second period, Jiri Hudler evened the game up on a slapshot from above the left circle. The slapshot was a one-timer on a Brett Lebda pass. It marked the Wings 24th shot that night so it was about time when Detroit finally scored. Hudler now has 16 goals this season, a personal best.
Just over 19 minutes later in the action, Mikael Samuelsson broke the tie on a slick backhander after a great pass from Hudler. Both Sammy and Huds earned two points (1G, 1A) in the contest. Marian Hossa scored his third goal in as many games 59 seconds after Sammy's goal. His goal from the slot came off a nice feed from Henrik Zetterberg.
Christy's Red Wings Player of the Game: Jiri Hudler
He finally got the Wings on the scoreboard tonight and then helped Detroit grab the lead. Plus, he broke his career high for goals in a season Satuday night so congrats to happy Hudler!
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Detroit heads to Dallas to face off against the Stars on Monday evening.