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Sunday, November 2, 2014

BUFFALO — After losing the lead, the Buffalo Sabres came back from a one-goal deficit to tie the Detroit Red Wings — then won the game in a shootout.

The Sabres broke the 20-shot mark for the first time in four games, having gotten off 10, 15 and 18 in the previous three — all losses.

After a scoreless first period, Buffalo's Brian Flynn landed a tip-in off a shot by Zemgus Girgensons. Tyson Strachan received the other assist on the goal at 6:55. Detroit's Tomas Tatar tied it at 12:55 with a wrist shot, assisted by Riley Sheahan and Pavel Datsyuk.

In the third period, Datsyuk scored a wrister of his own at 4:27, putting the Wings up 2-1. Justin Abdelkader  and Brendan Smith were credited with assists on the goal. Then at 13:08, Chris Stewart tied it for Buffalo, scoring on another tip-in — this time from Tyler Ennis and Strachan.

Following a scoreless overtime, two of the Sabres' shootout selections scored on Red Wings' netminder Jimmy Howard. Ennis and Girgensons scored after Matt Moulson missed the first shot.

Of falling behind and then coming back, Coach Ted Nolan said, "we bent a little bit today, but we didn't break."

The victory was the Sabres' first home win since April 4 vs. the New Jersey Devils.

"To get a win like that against a team like (Detroit) is definitely good," Nolan said.

The Sabres had made some roster moves over the past few days, assigning Sam Reinhart to the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League on Friday, recalling Johan Larsson from the Rochester Americans this afternoon, and signing Justin Bailey to an entry-level contract.

The Sabres next play the Montreal Canadiens at the First Niagara Center at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

With the win, the team is now 3-10 on the season.

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