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The Wraparound: Sabres 1, Red Wings 0

Back in 1981, before Detroit fans had even heard of Steve Yzerman, the Sabres won four in a row against the Red Wings. They hadn't done it since.

Until Tuesday.

Buffalo picked up a 1-0 victory in KeyBank Center, giving the team a four-game winning streak over the Red Wings. The Sabres won five in row from Feb. 6, 1981, to Jan. 6, 1982.

Detroit returned to prominence after selecting Yzerman with the fourth overall pick in the 1983 NHL Draft.

Robin Lehner earned the sixth shutout of his career with 32 saves. His last blanking was a 25-save win over Colorado on Feb. 16.

It was the first 1-0 victory by the Sabres since Jhonas Enroth beat Los Angeles on Dec. 9, 2014.

Buffalo improved to 3-5-2, including 3-1-1 in its last five games.

Doubling his fun: After being held without a goal for the opening eight games, Sabres left wing Benoit Pouliot scored in his second straight. It was the only goal of the first two periods.

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard got his pad on Victor Antipin's blast, with the rebound heading behind the net. Pouliot quickly recovered and went around the cage. Detroit's Xavier Ouellet beat Pouliot to the post, but the puck went off the stick of the Wings defenseman, hit Howard's skate and caromed in with 10:15 left in the second.

First NHL point: Antipin's shot earned him an assist, giving the 25-year-old rookie from Russia his first point in the NHL.

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Big save: Lehner kept the Red Wings scoreless through two periods with a huge stop on Martin Frk. The rookie buzzed through the slot, accepted a pass in front and aimed for the corner. Lehner thrust out his left pad with 3:25 to go, not only stopping the chance but sending the Sabres up ice.

Detroit's Dylan Larkin picked up his third penalty just seconds later when he tackled Jack Eichel.

Lehner stopped Frk at the doorstep again with 11 minutes to play in the game.

Scoreless start: Neither team found the net in the opening period as Howard made 12 saves and Lehner finished with 10. The Sabres rallied to outshoot the Red Wings despite falling into a 9-2 hole through 10 minutes.

Power boo: The Sabres received the game's first power play with eight minutes gone, giving their new-look units a chance to find early chemistry. Instead, the fans booed heartily as Detroit's penalty killers outshot the Sabres, 2-0.

Just like Monday's practice, the first unit featured Eichel, Ryan O'Reilly and Sam Reinhart up front with Antipin and Rasmus Ristolainen on the blue line. The second unit was Evander Kane, Kyle Okposo and Jason Pominville with defensemen Marco Scandella and Matt Tennyson.

Short-circuit: The Sabres' second and fourth power plays didn't last the full two minutes. Not because they scored, but because they took penalties of their own.

The referees nabbed Antipin for hooking with 43 seconds left in the second power play. They called Eichel for the same thing with only 35 seconds gone in a third-period power play.

Milestone: Sabres forward Jordan Nolan played in his 300th NHL game.

Television trade: Brian Boucher, the NBCSN analyst who was scheduled to call the game from between the benches, left because of a personal issue. The national sports network reached out to snag Buffalo announcer Rob Ray for its telecast. Martin Biron filled Ray's color commentary role on the Sabres' radio broadcast.

Counting the house: The Sabres announced a relatively small ticket count of 16,882 for their 19,070-seat arena.

Next: The Sabres get right to it again as they finish their third of 16 back-to-back situations. They visit the Columbus Blue Jackets in a rare 8 p.m. start that will be televised by NBCSN.

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