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The Wraparound: Sabres 3, Red Wings 2 (OT)

DETROIT – The Buffalo Sabres continue to get this show on the road.

The latest win came with a fraction of a second to spare.

Marco Scandella found the net with 0.2 seconds remaining in overtime Thursday, lifting the Sabres to a 3-2 victory.

Buffalo has picked up points in six straight road games. It is the franchise's longest run since earning points in seven straight from from Feb. 8 to March 6, 2011.

Buffalo's 5-0-1 run includes victories over Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Boston and the Red Wings, plus an overtime loss in Ottawa. The Sabres haven't lost in regulation on the road since visiting the New York Rangers on Jan. 18.

The Sabres improved to 10-14-7 on the road and 18-32-11 overall. They are 8-18-4 at home.

Overtime thriller: Buffalo goaltender Robin Lehner and Detroit counterpart Jimmy Howard stole the show in overtime until the goal, stopping numerous point-blank, odd-man chances.

Killer: Johan Larsson went to the penalty box for tripping with 2:56 left and Buffalo holding a 2-1 lead. Detroit pulled its goaltender to create a six-on-four situation. It worked.

The Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg won a draw to an open Frans Nielsen in front of the net. His shot trickled through Lehner and stopped in the crease, where Justin Abdelkader swept it home with 1:25 to play.

Larsson is up to seven minor penalties, a major, a match and a two-game suspension in his last nine games.

Big save: Lehner was scratched for Monday's game because of a hip ailment. He needed just 2:22 to show he was ready for this one.

The Red Wings sent a cross-ice pass to a wide-open Niklas Kronwall at close range. Lehner quickly slid over to stop the one-timer, setting the tone for a solid opening period by Buffalo.

On the board: The points keep coming for Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen. He got help from the Wings' Jonathan Ericsson to make it 1-0 with 3:39 off the clock.

After Larsson won a faceoff in the Detroit zone, the puck came to Ristolainen at the right point. He fired into a maze of bodies. The puck struck the leg of Ericsson, went past the screen set by Larsson and traveled under the arm of goaltender Jimmy Howard.

Intermission lead: The Sabres went into the dressing room after one period with a 1-0 lead and 14-10 shot edge, which was 12-5 midway through the period. Buffalo held the lead after one for just the 14th time in its 61 games.

Getting it back: Ericsson put the puck into the Sabres' net with 3:42 gone in the second, shooting through a screen to make it 1-1. He got the opportunity after Lehner, Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges and Detroit's  Nielsen converged behind the Buffalo net to collect a dump-in. The puck bounded to the top of the slot, where Ericsson took advantage.

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Goal stands: Evander Kane showed playoff contenders his speed to put Buffalo up, 2-1. The soon-to-be-traded winger used a burst to go around the back of Detroit's net and jam the puck home with 6:51 left in the second.

The goal survived a long coach's challenge for possible goaltender interference. Jason Pominville skated into the crease while Kane circled, but the officials determined that the stationing of Pominville did not by itself impact Howard's ability to play his position in the crease.

The goal was Kane's 20th of the season and fourth in seven games.

Busy man: Lehner faced 15 shots during the second period, turning aside 14 to give Buffalo a 2-1 lead heading into the third.

Padding the stats: With a two-point night, Ristolainen has six goals and 20 points in his last 24 games. It was his sixth multipoint game of the season.

Scout watch: For the second time in a week, the New Jersey Devils had two people watching a Sabres game, including Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald. As usual, the Winnipeg Jets had a pro scout on the attendance list.

Changes: Sabres coach Phil Housley continued his defense rotation. Victor Antipin replaced Justin Falk and skated with Josh Gorges.

"We've lost the last couple games here, so we're just going to continue to make changes and give guys opportunities," Housley said.

Jordan Nolan was the healthy scratch at forward for the second straight game.

Saying thanks: The Red Wings conducted their seventh annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night. They held a moment of silence prior to the game for the seven Detroit-area officers who lost their lives in the past year.

Next: The Sabres boarded their charter after the game for a flight to Washington. They visit the Capitals on Saturday to start a busy three-day run. Buffalo hosts Boston on Sunday, then will join the other 30 teams in trade-deadline fun Monday.

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