Ullmark makes 41 saves, Sabres shut out Red Wings
- Linus Ullmark made 41 saves for the Buffalo Sabres in a 2-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Friday.
- His biggest might have come in the first period, when he stopped Valtteri Filppula on a breakaway at 3:16.
“As the game turned out, that ended up being a huge save,” Ullmark said. “I was just trying to stay in front of him and make myself big. You make that save some of the time, and they score some of the time. Today, it worked out in my favor.”
- Sam Reinhart had a goal and an assist, and Jack Eichel had two assists for Buffalo (9-2-1), which won for the seventh time in nine games, one night after losing 6-2 at the New York Rangers.
“We weren’t good with the puck last night, especially on our line,” Reinhart said of his combination with Eichel and Victor Olofsson. “Tonight, as a group, we were much better. We created more shots, both on 5-on-5 and the power play.”
- The Sabres haven’t lost back-to-back games this season, something Ullmark attributes to coach Ralph Krueger.
“We’ve had three losses, and none of them have carried over,” Ullmark said. “Last year, that wasn’t always the case. Ralph is doing a good job of communicating that we just need to put those in the past and focus on the game plan for the next game.”
- Jimmy Howard made 23 saves for Detroit (3-8-0), which has lost seven games in a row.
“I thought we played a pretty solid game defensively, but we didn’t score,” Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin said. “You can’t win a game if you don’t score. We need a win in the worst way, just to get our confidence back.”
- The Red Wings have been outscored 29-9 in the losing streak, but coach Jeff Blashill thought they took a step forward against the Sabres.
“If we play that game 10 times, we win nine of them,” Blashill said. “The chances were 21 to seven in our favor, and you aren’t going to lose many games like that. We were making things happen. We just can’t get anything to go in.”
- Sabres forward Marcus Johansson played his 600th NHL game. …
- Howard dislodged the net during a third-period penalty kill, but Reinhart kept the play going by immediately putting it back into position. …
- Red Wings forward Givani Smith had two shots on goal in 11:01 in his NHL debut.
Sources & Credits: Dave Hogg / NHL.com, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings