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Detroit 3, Buffalo 2
When: 1:00 PM ET, Monday, January 17, 2022
Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
Referees: Chris Lee, Dean Morton
Linesmen: Kyle Flemington, Kory Nagy
Attendance: 8839

Dylan Larkin scored two goals, including the game-winner 2:07 into overtime, and the visiting Detroit Red Wings rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Monday afternoon.

Detroit, which defeated Buffalo 4-0 at home on Saturday, completed a sweep of the four-game season series. Three of those games were decided in overtime.

Larkin's 18th goal of the season was set up by Nick Leddy, as he ripped a shot past goaltender Aaron Dell's glove.

Vladislav Namestnikov had the other goal for Detroit while Alex Nedeljkovic, who recorded the shutout two nights earlier, made 26 saves.

Henri Jokiharju and Jeff Skinner scored for the Sabres and Dell stopped 32 shots.

The Red Wings had a season-high 22 shots on goal in the first period Saturday. They only managed five on Monday as Buffalo gained a 1-0 advantage.

The Sabres won a faceoff in Detroit's zone and Jokiharju took a shot from the point that got past a screened Nedeljkovic. Jokiharju's second goal of the season was assisted by Rasmus Dahlin and Skinner.

Detroit had nearly twice as many shots on goal in the second period but the score remained the same.

An apparent Buffalo goal midway through the second period was nullified after a coach's challenge when the play was deemed offside.

Detroit's Robby Fabbri had a quality chance five minutes into the third period but Dell made the save with his right pad. Two minutes later, Dell denied Pius Suter from point-blank range.

Buffalo soon made it 2-0. Skinner collected a loose puck near the Detroit net, spun around and scored his 14th goal of the season with 10:39 remaining. Tage Thompson and Alex Tuch assisted on the goal.

A failed coach's challenge gave Buffalo a power play but the Red Wings instead converted their third short-handed goal of the season. Namestnikov's 11th goal was set up by Moritz Seider and Tyler Bertuzzi.

Larkin came off the bench and fired a shot from the slot past Dell with 6:32 left to tie the game. Fabbri set it up with his seventh assist.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Detroit   Buffalo
Dylan Larkin 2 Points Jeff Skinner 2
Dylan Larkin 2 Goals Jeff Skinner 1
Tyler Bertuzzi 1 Assists Jeff Skinner 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
Vladislav Namestnikov 1 Short Handed Goals N/A
Alex Nedeljkovic .929 Save Percentage Aaron Dell .914
Alex Nedeljkovic 26 Saves Aaron Dell 32
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Detroit 35 3 0-1 2-2 8 30
Buffalo 28 2 0-2 1-1 6 16
Upcoming Games
  • Buffalo will play their next game on the road against Ottawa. The Sabres have a W/L % of .417 after a win and .231 after a loss.
  • Detroit will play their next game on the road against Philadelphia. The Red Wings have a W/L % of .529 after a win and .391 after a loss.