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The Journal Gazette

Monday, March 20, 2017 10:20 pm

Penalty killing costs Red Wings

Associated Press

DETROIT – Jack Eichel and Matt Moulson each scored a power-play goal in the first two periods, and the Buffalo Sabres held off the Detroit Red Wings for a 2-1 victory Monday night.

Robin Lehner made 34 saves for the Sabres.

Tomas Tatar scored in his third straight game, pulling Detroit within a goal midway through the second.

The Red Wings had power plays early and late in the third period but failed to take advantage of their opportunities to tie the game, falling to 0 for 4 with an extra skater.

Petr Mrazek stopped 28 shots for Detroit.

Buffalo, which hasn’t made the playoffs since 2011, has won two straight for the first time in more than a month. The Sabres have an opportunity to pass sixth-place Florida in the Atlantic Division.

The last-place Red Wings, meanwhile, are five points behind Buffalo in the division and are moving closer toward being mathematically eliminated from the postseason for the first time since 1990.

Eichel scored his 21st goal midway through the first period. He knocked Detroit defenseman Nick Jensen off the puck behind the net before skating out to the top of the left circle where his one-timer got past Mrazek.