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November 24, 2013

Sabres fall to Detroit, 3-1

Red Wings keep Buffalo offense in check after early Hodgson goal

BUFFALO —

BUFFALO — Jonas Gustavsson made 21 saves, including a stop on Steve Ott's penalty shot, and the Detroit Red Wings sent the Buffalo Sabres to their fourth straight loss, 3-1 on Sunday.

Johan Franzen, Daniel Alfredsson and Darren Helm scored for the Red Wings. Henrik Zetterberg had an assist for his 700th career point.

Cody Hodgson scored Buffalo's only goal. The Sabres are winless since a victory in interim head coach Ted Nolan's first game on Nov. 15.

Detroit improved to 7-3-1 on the road. Buffalo has lost 11 of 13 home games.

Ryan Miller made 32 saves for the Sabres. He is 2-8-2 against Detroit in his career.

The Sabres took a 1-0 lead 11:58 into the game on a highlight-reel goal from Hodgson. Drew Stafford intercepted a clearing attempt and passed in the slot to Hodgson, who forced Gustavsson out of the crease goal and then, with his body behind the goal line, used his backhand to tuck the puck into the net.

Detroit controlled play for most of the first period but Miller made 14 saves, including a left pad save on Joakim Andersson in the closing seconds, to maintain the Sabres' lead.

It took less than a minute of second period play for Detroit to tie it. Alfredsson found Darren Helm in the slot, and Helm spun away from Tyler Ennis to lift a backhand past Miller.

Ott was awarded a penalty shot when Niklas Kronwall hooked him on a breakaway nine minutes into the second period. The Sabres captain went to his backhand again but Gustavsson stopped him.

The go-ahead goal came on a power play when Franzen's shot deflected off Sabres defenseman Alexander Sulzer and past Miller. Zetterberg assisted on the tally and improved his point total to 28, good for second in the NHL.

Alfredsson scored an empty-net goal to clinch the win.

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