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Saturday, January 2, 2016

BUFFALO -- Jack Eichel netted a pair of goals just three minutes apart in the second period -- his 12th and 13th of the season -- but it wasn't enough to stop the Detroit Red Wings this afternoon at First Niagara Center.

The loss was the Sabres fourth straight and fifth in the last six games.

Brad Richards opened the scoring for Detroit, scoring 12:59 into the first period. The goal was assisted by Riley Sheahan and Dylan Larkin.

Sheahan opened up a 2-0 lead for the Wings 7:59 into the second period. Mike Green and Tomas Tatar assisted on the power play goal. At 14:26, Eichel scored a power play goal of his own, assited by Rasmus Ristolainen. Eichel's second, which tied the game at 2, was scored at 17:27, assisted by Zemgus Girgensons and Brian Gionta. 

Henrik Zetterberg gave Detroit the lead back at 2:27 of the third period, assisted by Gustav Nyquist and Brendan Smith. Sam Reinhart scored another Sabres power play goal at 8:58, tying the game again at 3. Then with 2:50 remaining in regulation, Tatar scored his 12th of the season, assisted by Green and Pavel Datsyuk, giving the Red Wings the final 4-3 lead.

The Sabres, now 15-20-4, next play on Tuesday when the Florida Panthers visit First Niagara Center.


  • Today's game was the sixth of 11 afternoon games for the Sabres this season; the next will be on Sunday, Jan. 10 at Winnipeg.
  • With the loss, the Sabres fell to 6-13-1 when outshooting opponents this season.
  • With two goals today, Jack Eichel tied Dylan Larkin for the rookie lead with 13 goals on the season.
  • Eichel now has 11 points (4+7) in his  last seven games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (one assist) now has five assists in three games against the Red Wings this season and is tied for sixth among NHL defensemen with 19 assists on the season.

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