DETROIT -- Jack Eichel and Matt Moulson scored power-play goals and Robin Lehner made 34 saves as the Buffalo Sabres held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1, Monday night in their last game in Joe Louis Arena.
It was the second straight win for the Sabres, who entered the game 3-8-2 in their last 13 contests and had not won consecutive games since taking three straight Feb. 14-18.
Rare run vs. Wings: The Sabres are 3-0-1 against Detroit this season and won three straight over the Wings for the first time since the 1988-89 season. They finished 14-23-6 all-time at the Joe, winning their final two appearances in the building that will close for hockey April 9 after 38 years. The Sabres had no winning streaks here since taking their first five games here from Feb. 16, 1980 to Dec. 12, 1981.
A debut on the blueline: With the Sabres dealing with four injuries among defensemen, the Sabres recalled Casey Nelson from Rochester and gave 23-year-old Brady Austin the first recall of his NHL career. Austin, a seventh-round pick in 2012, has played 199 games for the Amerks the last three years. The 6-foot-4 Austin has two goals and seven assists for the Amerks this year in 61 games.
Austin said his mother and two brothers made the six-hour drive from Bobcaygeon, Ont., to watch his debut. Austin was paired with Zach Bogosian while Nelson skated with Jake McCabe.
"It's a dream come true," Austin said. "You have to stick with things, keep working, play the systems we've been taught down there and good things can happen.
Revolving door on the blueline: Austin is the 12th defenseman to play for the Sabres this season. Last year, they only needed one recall on the blueline and that was a one-game stint for Chad Ruhwedel. It's been quite a bit different this year, with Austin joining Nelson, Justin Falk, Taylor Fedun and Erik Burgdoerfer in getting the call from Rochester while Brendan Guhle also got an emergency recall from junior.
Eichel Alert: Jack Eichel netted his 21st of the season to open the scoring at 10:59 of the first period. It came 29 seconds after Mike Green went off for hooking. Eichel one-timed home sweeping wrist shot off a Ryan O'Reilly feed for his ninth power play goal of the season.
Power play specialist: The Sabres went up, 2-0, at 8:59 of the second as Matt Moulson directed Tyler Ennis' pass through Petr Mrazek's legs for his 14th goal of the season -- and team-high 11th on the power play. Moulson is tied for seventh in the NHL in that category. It was Ennis' first point in 12 games.
Cutting the deficit: Tomas Tatar got Detroit within a goal at 12:35 of the second, tapping in Green's goalmouth pass.
No playoffs here: For the first time in 25 years, the Red Wings are not going to make the playoffs and it will end the longest active postseason run in North American professional sports.
"It's really hard to be consistent in this league, certainly like that," said Sabres winger Marcus Foligno. "That's special. They built a dynasty here. ... they've always had that Detroit Red Wing attitude, the model of being a skill team that works hard. This barn has seen a lot of playoff hockey and it's what makes it so special and this franchise so special."
Up next: The Sabres start a three-game homestand Tuesday night against Pittsburgh in KeyBank Center. The Penguins will be without Evgeni Malkin (upper body) for the second straight game. After that one, the Sabres finally get some down time, with no game until Saturday's visit by Toronto.