Rodrigues’ 2 goals help Sabres down Wings

Evan Rodrigues scored his first two goals of the season and the Buffalo Sabres snapped a six-game road winless streak by pounding the Detroit Red Wings 5-1 on Sunday.Rodrigues went scoreless in 25 games before his breakthrough performance.Zach Bogosian also scored his first goal of the season, and Zemgus Girgensons and Rasmus Ristolainen added goals for the Sabres. Linus Ullmark, who recorded a shutout in the teams’ first meeting, had 21 saves.Madison Bowey scored and Jimmy Howard stopped 22 shots for the Red Wings, who had won their previous three home games.Special teams played a major role in Buffalo’s victory. The Sabres were two of four on the power play and also scored a short-handed goal. Detroit came up empty on three power plays.Rodrigues scored his first goal at 2:39 of the first period when he fired in a one-timer from the slot off a Curtis Lazar feed. Conor Sheary collected the second assist.Rodrigues struck again at the five-minute mark during a power play. Rodrigues’ initial shot from in front went off Howard’s blocker. Rodrigues grabbed the rebound and lifted the puck over Howard’s right shoulder. Henri Jokiharju and Brandon Montour assisted.

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