BUFFALO, N.Y. – Dylan Larkin scored the tying goal in regulation and notched the game-winner 2:07 into overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 comeback win over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday before a sparse crowd in snowbound western New York.
“Very satisfying,” Larkin said. “It's real nice to get this one done in overtime.”
Vladislav Namestnikov added a short-handed goal for the Red Wings, who swept Buffalo in a home-and-home series to snap an 0-4-2 skid on the road and improve to 4-4-2 over the past 10 games. Alex Nedeljkovic made 26 saves.
“It's a huge two points to be able to come back,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “Finding ways to win on the road can, for certain, breed confidence.”
Not many witnessed the impressive comeback. Paid attendance was logged at 8,839, but a storm that dumped around 2 feet of snow in the region limited the crowd to around 1,000 at KeyBank Center.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game,” Larkin said. “We come here, snowstorm and a lot of factors outside of hockey that we have to deal with. But I think you're seeing a common theme here with Ned showing up and bailing us out.”
Henri Jokiharju and Jeff Skinner scored for the Sabres, who have lost eight in a row at home. The Sabres have lost all four meetings with the Red Wings this season. Aaron Dell stopped 32 shots.
KRAKEN 3, BLACKHAWKS 2, SO: In Seattle, Ryan Donato scored the tying goal early in the third period, and Joonas Donskoi scored in the shootout as Seattle Kraken snapped its nine-game losing streak.
Donato scored at 2:02 of the third period to pull Seattle even at 2. Donato scored in the second round of the shootout, and Donskoi – stuck without a goal this season in 38 games – scored the winner past Marc-Andre Fleury.
It was Seattle's first win since Dec. 14 at San Jose and first home win since Dec. 3 against Edmonton. The Kraken is 1-16-1 when trailing after two periods.
Seattle goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 25 saves.
Fleury was the best player on the ice for most of the day and did everything possible to get Chicago into the shootout. Fleury made 35 saves and had 14 in the third period alone.
Dominic Kubalik scored his ninth of the season on a breakaway at 12:06 of the second period to give Chicago the lead.
Brandon Hagel scored Chicago's other goal, a power-play goal, on a scramble later in the second period.