Red Wings rally by Sabres to end losing streak

Paul Harris  - NHL.com Correspondent | Tuesday, 12.23.2014 / 11:51 PM

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings scored as many goals Tuesday as they had in their previous six games.

Tomas Tatar had two to help Detroit to a 6-3, come-from-behind win against the Buffalo Sabres at Joe Louis Arena, ending a six-game losing streak.

"We've been playing fine but finding a way to lose every night each night. You can't find ways to lose and stay in a good spot in the standings," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "These streaks happen. You like to think they're never going to happen and you try to do everything you can, but sometimes the puck just doesn't go in the net. These chances we had tonight, we had the same chances the last game except they didn't go in the net."

Gustav Nyquist had a goal and two assists, Danny DeKeyser and Henrik Zetterberg each had a goal and an assist, and Stephen Weiss and Johan Franzen scored for Detroit (18-8-9), which trailed 3-1 in the second period.

Jakub Kindl had two assists, and Petr Mrazek made 13 saves.

"It's been a while. We've been playing good enough hockey to win some games but we hadn't found a way to do it," Zetterberg said. "We found a way to come back and score some goals. Christmas will be a lot nicer now."

The Red Wings, who were 0-2-4 in the past six, lost defenseman Niklas Kronwall and Weiss to injury during the game.

Kronwall left with 13:16 remaining in the second period with an upper-body injury. It isn't known how long he will be out.

Weiss left 7:57 into the third period after being hit in the jaw by Buffalo defenseman Nikita Zadorov. Babcock said the forward passed the NHL concussion protocol and should be ready Saturday when Detroit plays the Ottawa Senators.

Nicolas Deslauriers, Chris Stewart and Andre Benoit scored for Buffalo (13-19-3), which was missing eight regulars because of injury. Brian Flynn had two assists, and Michal Neuvirth made 33 saves.

Five players in the lineup were recalled from Rochester of the American Hockey League since Saturday.

"They just took it to us in the third period. Their power play was unbelievable. I had no idea what was going on out there. Three, four goals I didn't even see the shooter," Neuvirth said. "They were unbelievable. … Our penalty kill wasn't good enough. They wanted it more than us."

Detroit's four power-play goals were its most since Dec. 27, 2010.

Tatar's power-play goal with 8:20 left in the third period broke a 3-3 tie. He beat Neuvirth with a one-timer from the right faceoff dot.

"To be honest, I tried to overshoot the puck the whole game. I'm really happy the one went in and then the other one," Tatar said. "That's the thing, when the puck won't find the net, you have to overshoot it and keep shooting and hopefully some pucks find the way. That's what happened."

Zetterberg tied it 4:19 into the third period with a one-time slap shot from the high slot. He converted a pass from Pavel Datsyuk as the pair completed a give-and-go play off the left-wing boards.

"I think we just stuck with it," Zetterberg said. "I think the first period we had 15 shots, but maybe we weren't there for second chances. In the second period we were a little bit better, a little stronger, a little heavier on the puck than them.

"In the third, we kept going the same way. The power play was huge. But we felt we had momentum from the second period, and the chances they had, Petr was good in net and made some saves."

Benoit gave the Sabres a 3-1 lead with a shorthanded goal 9:00 into the second period. It was a 2-on-none after Kindl's shot was blocked in Buffalo's zone.

DeKeyser made it 3-2 with 2:06 left in the second. He beat Neuvirth between the pads from the top of the left circle after a turnover by the Sabres in their zone.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
02:36BUF Nicolas Deslauriers (3) ASST: Drew Stafford (12), Brian Flynn (5) 1 - 0 BUF
10:50DET PPG - Stephen Weiss (5) ASST: Jakub Kindl (6), Gustav Nyquist (6) 1 - 1 Tie
13:35BUF Chris Stewart (4) ASST: Cody Hodgson (4), Mikhail Grigorenko (1) 2 - 1 BUF
2nd Period
09:00BUF SHG - Andre Benoit (1) ASST: Brian Flynn (6) 3 - 1 BUF
17:54DET Danny DeKeyser (2) ASST: Tomas Jurco (10), Luke Glendening (2) 3 - 2 BUF
3rd Period
04:19DET Henrik Zetterberg (7) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (12), Justin Abdelkader (9) 3 - 3 Tie
11:40DET PPG - Tomas Tatar (13) ASST: Danny DeKeyser (11), Gustav Nyquist (7) 4 - 3 DET
14:06DET PPG - Johan Franzen (7) ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (23), Jakub Kindl (7) 5 - 3 DET
17:48DET PPG - Tomas Tatar (14) ASST: Brendan Smith (5), Gustav Nyquist (8) 6 - 3 DET
Three Stars of the Game
Danny DeKeyser
Danny DeKeyser
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 24:12
Henrik Zetterberg
Henrik Zetterberg
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:41
Tomas Tatar
Tomas Tatar
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 15:14
Penalty Summary
1st Period
09:23BUF Zemgus Girgensons  Hooking against  Pavel Datsyuk
2nd Period
04:46DET Pavel Datsyuk  Tripping against  Josh Gorges
07:55BUF Nikita Zadorov  Holding against  Tomas Jurco
14:48BUF Nicolas Deslauriers  Roughing against  Jakub Kindl
3rd Period
09:53BUF Brian Flynn  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
12:46BUF Johan Larsson  Slashing against  Henrik Zetterberg
17:14BUF Andrej Meszaros  Holding against  Darren Helm
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/14/6
Faceoff Wins2338
Blocked Shots234
Penalty Minutes122
3M. PysykD0000020:35
4J. GorgesD00-10026:49
19C. HodgsonC0100016:18
21D. StaffordR0102012:31
22J. LarssonL000028:09
25M. GrigorenkoC0101017:18
28Z. GirgensonsC0002219:31
33J. ArmiaR0000014:47
36P. KaletaR0011011:00
41A. MeszarosD0021212:34
44N. DeslauriersL1002212:37
51N. ZadorovD00-11220:08
55R. RistolainenD00-10027:53
59T. SchallerC0011010:29
61A. BenoitD1031011:33
63T. EnnisC0002018:01
65B. FlynnC0200215:22
80C. StewartR1002015:17
34M. Neuvirth3339.84660:00
2B. SmithD01-21019:41
4J. KindlD02-22012:23
8J. AbdelkaderL0103019:05
13P. DatsyukC0104220:21
14G. NyquistR03-22017:07
15R. SheahanC0001016:45
20D. MillerL0011011:45
21T. TatarL2005015:14
26T. JurcoR0110012:55
27K. QuinceyD0024021:49
40H. ZetterbergL1104019:41
41L. GlendeningC0112012:05
43D. HelmC00-23015:35
52J. EricssonD0000021:45
55N. KronwallD0000011:27
65D. DeKeyserD1112024:12
90S. WeissC100208:55
93J. FranzenR10-33017:15
34P. Mrazek1316.81360:00