DETROIT -- With two late goals, the Buffalo Sabres ended the Detroit Red Wings 13-game point streak nabbing a 2-1 win in Joe Louis Arena.
Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the second period on a goal from defenseman Brad Richards. The Sabres had power play chances, but failed to connect while goaltender Chad Johnson held down the fort.
The Sabres finally got the equalizer with 4:11 left in the third period when Ryan O'Reilly tipped in a shot from Sam Reinhart.
Then with 3:13 left to play Johan Larsson got the puck alone in front of Petr Mrazek and beat the frozen goaltender for a 2-1 lead.
Detroit challenged the goal asking for an offsides review, but officials ruled the play was onsides and the goal stood.
It was the first regulation loss for the Red Wings since losing to Boston on Nov. 14.
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Powerless power play: The Sabres went 0 for 4 on the power play. The Sabres had scored eight power play goals in their previous seven games, launching the unit to the second best in the NHL (23.4 percent).
The 1-0 lead: Detroit broke a scoreless tie at 4:01 of the second when Pavel Datsyuk skated into the Sabres zone, moved through the middle, drawing all the attention. He let go a great pass to his Brad Richards, who was alone in the right faceoff circle. Richards shot beat Chad Johnson under the bar and gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead.
Near shortie: The Sabres started the second period on the power play and had some good puck movement going until the puck jumped past Rasmus Ristolainen at the left point. Darren Helm chased the puck down the ice and had a few steps on Ristolainen. That's when Chad Johnson charged out of his net to the right circle to try and poke the puck away, but he missed. Ristolainen recovered to take Helm and the puck behind the net saving the seemingly sure goal.
Penalty shot: With 14:56 left in the second, Tomas Jurco was awarded a penalty shot after he was brought down on a breakaway by Johann Larsson. Johnson easily made the glove save and the score remained a 1-0 lead for the Wings.
Scoreless start: The scoreless first period was highlighted by a few key scoring chances. While the Sabres held a 9-6 advantage in shots, the Red Wings had some quality chances particularly right in front of Sabres netminder Chad Johnson. Helping the Sabres defensive cause was penalty killing luck as the Wings hit a goalpost and had a prime chance bounce the wrong way off a leg during their only power play of the first. On the other end Petr Mrazek came up with some timely saves, including stopping a late rush from Evander Kane and Ryan O'Reilly.
No. 600: Red Wings defenseman Mike Green played in his 600th NHL game Monday night. The 30-year-old former draft pick of the Washington Capitals is in his 11th NHL season and first with Detroit. “You always hope that you can accomplish that,” Green said. “I think we all just hope to play one game so I’m definitely honored and privileged here to be able to play tonight in my 600th.”
No longer winless in Detroit: This was the Sabres' first win in Detroit since Oct. 13, 2006.
No more road woes: The win snapped a three-game road losing streak and the Sabres improved to 6-7-2 away from First Niagara Center.
Scratches: Forward Cal O'Reilly was a scratch again. Recalled from Rochester on Dec. 4 he has yet to dress for the Sabres this year. Carlo Colaiacovo was the defensive scratch for the Sabres for the third straight game. Detroit scratched defenseman Jakub Kindl and forwards Drew Miller and Teu Pulkkinen.
Next game: The Sabres finish a road-home back-to-back stint hosting New Jersey at 7 Tuesday night in First Niagara Center.