Second-period outburst gets Sabres past Red Wings

Buffalo’s Casey Mittelstadt and Kyle Okposo scored on power plays in a decisive three-goal second period Saturday afternoon as the Sabres earned a 3-1 victory over the visiting Detroit Red Wings.Conor Sheary also scored a goal for the Sabres, who improved to 5-1-0 in afternoon games this season. Buffalo is 7-2-1 against Detroit since the start of the 2016-17 campaign.Jack Eichel notched his career-high 41st assist, Mittelstadt stretched his point-streak to four games and Sheary posted his sixth point in his last seven games in Buffalo’s second-period outburst.Sabres defensemen Marco Scandella and Rasmus Ristolainen each reached milestones as Scandella played in his 500th game and Ristolainen appeared in his 400th.Dylan Larkin scored for the Red Wings, who dropped their second straight and have lost both meetings against Buffalo this season. Thomas Vanek and Andreas Athanasiou each registered assists.Buffalo’s Linus Ullmark made 28 saves, and Detroit’s Jimmy Howard recorded 18.Neither team could muster much offense in a scoreless first period as Detroit put up 12 shots to Buffalo’s four, while the Red Wings failed on the only power play through the first 20 minutes.White scoring three times in the second period, Buffalo twice delivered on the man advantage, grabbing a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes.

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