Surging Sabres Extend Wings' Struggles
DETROIT- The Buffalo Sabres dealt the Red Wings their seventh consecutive defeat, blanking Detroit, 2-0 on Friday night.
The Sabres rebounded from a 6-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday night to win for the fourth time in their last five games and raise their record to 9-2-1.
Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark stymied the Red Wings with 41 saves raising his record to 4-0-2 against Detrpot.
On Friday, he notched his first career shutout versus Detroit making 41 saves as he turned aside everything the Wings shot his way, including many high quality scoring chances.
Ogdensburg's Jimmy Howard (1-5, 3.59 GAA, .901 Sv%) took the loss for the Red Wings.
Jake McCabe and Sam Reinhart (power play) were Buffalo's goal scorers.
Detroit (3-8-0) hosts the defending Stanley Cup champions, the St. Louis Blues, Sunday afternoon, (5 p.m. face-off).
Howard was credited with giving the Red Wings a chance to win in postseason interviews.
He credited his team's defensive efforts and poise.
"It hasn't been pretty. At least tonight was a lot better of a defensive effort out there. Even though they got one early in the third, we didn't crumble. So that's a good sign. It's been everything. We need better goaltending. We need playing in the defensive zone better," said Howard to the press.
"When we have our opportunities, we need to score. It's as simple as that. We can't just rely on certain guys up front to put the puck in the net. We need to do it by committee. Right now that's not happening for us. We (also) have to steal one. Whoever's in net has to do to the best of their capabilities of stealing a game for the guys, because we desperately need two points." -