|Date of game: 12/23/2014
Recap: Detroit vs. Buffalo
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Tomas Tatar scored twice as the Detroit Red Wings' offense came alive by scoring five unanswered goals to end a six-game slump with a 6-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.
Henrik Zetterberg and Danny DeKeyser each finished with a goal and assist, Stephen Weiss and Johan Franzen also scored and Gustav Nyquist supplied three assists for the Red Wings, who matched their total goal output over their losing streak.
Detroit's power-play unit converted on 4-of-6 opportunities and Petr Mrazek stopped 13-of-16 shots in the win.
"We are happy our power play is working now," said Tatar. "Like I said, just shoot from everywhere, just try and eventually the puck will go in."
Nicolas Deslauriers, Chris Stewart and Andre Benoit all lit the lamp for Buffalo, which dropped its fourth straight game.
"You're playing a good team like Detroit," Sabres head coach Ted Nolan said. "You have a lead, you take a bad penalty and woke them up. The rest is history."
Michal Neuvirth allowed all six goals on 39 shots in defeat.
Trailing 3-1, DeKeyser's wrister from the left circle with 2:06 to play in the second period sparked Detroit's furious comeback.
Zetterberg tied the game just under five minutes into the final stanza by cycling towards the high slot and rifling the puck into the back of the net.
On the power play, Tatar received and blasted DeKeyser's feed at the right circle on one knee to give Detroit a 4-3 lead with 8:20 to play.
Franzen celebrated his 35th birthday by firing a shot past a screened Neuvirth with 5:54 to play to give the Red Wings a two-goal cushion. Tatar scored on the man advantage once again to cap the scoring with 2:12 to go.
Early in the contest, Drew Stafford whipped the puck toward the slot from below the goal line. The puck deflected off Deslauriers and into the net at 2:36. The goal was originally waved off but was ruled to be a good goal following replay review.
The Red Wings drew even on the power play as Nyquist sent a cross-ice pass to Jakub Kindl at the left circle. Kindl immediately dished the puck to Weiss, who finished off the tic-tac-toe play with a wrister from the right side of the net at 10:50 of the first.
Stewart put Buffalo back in front less than three minutes later. Cody Hodgson raced up the left side and sent a slick backhander pass over to Stewart, who tapped the puck past a sliding Mrazek for a 2-1 game.
Benoit increased the Sabres' lead to 3-1 as he broke into the Detroit zone on a 2-on-0 with Brian Flynn and beat Mrazek blocker side for a short-handed goal nine minutes into the middle stanza.Game Notes
The win gave Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock sole possession of 17th place
in NHL history with 502 wins ... Weiss returned from a shoulder injury after a
four-game absence ... Buffalo forward Joel Armia, who was recalled from
Rochester (AHL) prior to the game, made his NHL debut ... Sabres captain Brian
Gionta did not play due to an upper-body injury sustained in Sunday's 4-3
overtime loss to Boston ... Detroit improved to 13-1-2 over its last 16 games