Red Wings postgame: Buzzer beater stunner

The Detroit Red Wings hosted the Eastern Conference’s last-place Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. However, the Sabres came out with two points, beating the Red Wings 3-2 in overtime at Little Caesars Arena.


The Red Wings came out of the gate hot, owning most of the possession time early in the first period. However, at the 3:39 mark, Rasmus Ristolainen’s shot from the point deflected off Jonathan Ericsson and past Jimmy Howard to put the Sabres up 1-0.

The Sabres took control for most of the period, but it ended 1-0. Buffalo outattempted Detroit 22-15 (19-15 at 5 on 5) and led 14-10 (11-10 at 5 on 5) in shots.

Early in the second period, Robin Lehner attempted to play the puck behind his net, but flubbed it, eventually squirting out to Jonathan Ericsson in the high slot, who wristed a low shot past Lehner to tie it at 1-1.

About 10 minutes later, on the power play, Evander Kane came into the offensive zone with speed and scored on a wraparound to put the Sabres up 2-1.

The Red Wings outattempted the Sabres 28-14 (18-12 at 5 on 5) in the second period and outshot them 16-10 (11-9 at 5 on 5).

It looked the Sabres were going to come out with a regulation win, but Justin Abdelkader tied the game with 1:25 remaining, after picking up a Frans Nielsen rebound.

The Red Wings outattempted the Sabres 22-7 (16-4 at 5 on 5) in the third and outshot them 8-2 (4-0 at 5 on 5).

In overtime, the teams traded scoring opportunites, until Marco Scandella scored with 0.2 seconds remaining.


The Red Wings had a slow first period but started to take control midway through the second period. However, Lehner stood tall, making 37 saves. A late goal by Abdelkader gave the Red Wings a point, but the team continues to struggle in overtime with a 2-9 record.


Tonight’s Motor City MVP is Abdelkader for getting the game-tying goal late in the third period.


The Red Wings will be back Saturday night, as they host the Carolina Hurricanes at Little Caesars Arena. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. ET, and you can catch the game on Fox Sports Detroit. As always, we’ll have the pregame report early Saturday afternoon.