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November 25, 2013

Gustavsson, Red Wings beat Sabres, 3-1

Detroit keeper stops 21 shots, including penalty shot.

(Continued)

BUFFALO —

Ryan Miller made 32 saves for the Sabres. He is 2-8-2 against Detroit in his career.
“We can’t just get by and feel like 1-1 is good,” he said. “We have to go for it at home, especially with a team playing three in four nights.”
The Sabres took a 1-0 lead 11:58 into the game on a highlight-reel goal from Hodgson. Stafford intercepted a clearing attempt and passed in the slot to Hodgson, who forced Gustavsson out of the crease goal and then, with his body behind the goal line, used his backhand to tuck the puck into the net.
Detroit controlled play for most of the first period but Miller made 14 saves, including a left pad save on Joakim Andersson in the closing seconds, to maintain the Sabres’ lead.
“He’s really good,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. “Him and (Boston goalie Tuukka Rask) to me are two of the best skating goalies in the league. They look like they put no effort into it. They’re just always in the right place. I thought he made some really good saves.”
It took less than a minute of second period play for Detroit to tie it. Alfredsson found Darren Helm in the slot, and Helm spun away from Tyler Ennis to lift a backhand past Miller.
“I knew there was someone on my back there,” said Helm, who’s scored in three consecutive games. “I just tried to get into the middle and get a shot off. I kind of surprised myself.”
The go-ahead goal came on a power play when Franzen’s shot deflected off Sabres defenseman Alexander Sulzer and past Miller. Zetterberg assisted on the tally and improved his point total to 28, good for second in the NHL.
Alfredsson scored an empty-net goal to clinch the win.
It was the sixth game pitting Ryan Miller against his younger brother Drew, who is 5-1 against his older sibling.
“He played really well,” Drew Miller said. “A close win for us where he plays well but we still wins is kind of a bonus for me.”

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