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Samuelsson, Hossa tally late as Red Wings top Sabres

Jan 11, 2009 - 3:52 AM
DETROIT (Ticker) -- A pressure-packed third period finally got the better of Ryan Miller, as the Detroit Red Wings snapped a tie and extended their winning streak in the process.

Mikael Samuelsson beat Miller for the go-ahead goal with 2:34 left in the third as the Red Wings posted their sixth straight win Saturday, a 3-1 triumph over the Buffalo Sabres.

Samuelsson also registered an assist, Jiri Hudler scored a goal and set up another and Marian Hossa added an insurance tally with 95 seconds remaining for Detroit.

"I thought we played well," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We didn't give up much, and (Ty) Conklin was good when he needed to be. Their team played well and Miller was outstanding. We knew he would be. It just took us a while to get to him, but our guys stayed determined."

Conklin made 21 saves in improving to 6-0-0 lifetime against the Sabres, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

The Red Wings held a 48-22 edge in shots, including a 23-12 advantage in the final session. But Miller was up to the task for much of the third as Buffalo appeared as if it might escape Detroit with at least one point.

However, Samuelsson lifted the rebound of a shot by Hudler from along the right wing boards over the outstretched arms of Miller to put Detroit ahead, 2-1.

"For the most part, we got what we wanted," Miller said. "They were getting a lot of shots but weren't getting second-chance scoring opportunities. Right up until the end, I thought we were going to come through and get a win."

"We were hoping to wear (Miller) down," Babcock said. "We thought if we stayed at their net, we'd get our opportunities. He made some great saves early, but we stayed patient and were able to get the win."

Just 59 seconds later, Hossa took a feed from Henrik Zetterberg and blasted a shot from between the faceoff circles that squeezed past Miller and trickled over the goal line for a two-goal advantage.

"That's the best team we've played this season," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "They've got great speed, they move the puck around well and they're patient. They'll keep working until they get that chance that pays off in a goal."

Miller, who made 45 saves, was under constant pressure for the second straight game. The fifth-year netminder stopped 44 shots Friday in a 2-1 shootout victory over the New York Rangers.

Conklin was not tested nearly as much, but after allowing a goal by Derek Roy 5:03 into the first period, he managed to keep the Sabres off the board.

"They're tough," Conklin said. "Ryan gave them a good chance to win. He made some big saves. The longer games like that stay close and we're controlling the play, we're going to break through. We were good tonight."

Detroit tied the game at 1-1 with three minutes left in the middle session on Hudler's career-high 16th goal of the season. The Czech took a drop pass from defenseman Brett Lebda and one-timed a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle past Miller.






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    BUFFALO 1 0 0 1
    DETROIT 0 1 2 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - DEREK ROY 16 (DREW STAFFORD, THOMAS VANEK) 5:03
    2ND PRD: DET - JIRI HUDLER 16 (BRETT LEBDA, MIKAEL SAMUELSSON) 17:00
    3RD PRD: DET - MIKAEL SAMUELSSON 10 (JIRI HUDLER, VALTTERI FILPPULA)
    17:26
    DET - MARIAN HOSSA

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    BUFFALO 1
    DETROIT 3
    3RD PRD: DET - MARIAN HOSSA 20 (HENRIK ZETTERBERG) 18:28

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    BUFFALO 1
    DETROIT 2
    3RD PRD: DET - MIKAEL SAMUELSSON 10 (JIRI HUDLER, VALTTERI FILPPULA)
    17:26

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    BUFFALO 1 0 1
    DETROIT 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - DEREK ROY 16 (DREW STAFFORD, THOMAS VANEK) 5:03
    2ND PRD: DET - JIRI HUDLER 16 (BRETT LEBDA, MIKAEL SAMUELSSON) 17:00
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUF 6 4

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    BUFFALO 1
    DETROIT 1
    2ND PRD: DET - JIRI HUDLER 16 (BRETT LEBDA) 17:00

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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 1 1
    DETROIT 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - DEREK ROY 16 (DREW STAFFORD, THOMAS VANEK) 5:03
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    DET 13 13
    GOALIES: BUF - RYAN MILLER
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    BUFFALO 1
    DETROIT 0
    1ST PRD: BUF - DEREK ROY 16 (DREW STAFFORD, THOMAS VANEK) 5:03

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