The Sabres scored three times in the second period while Linus Ullmark continued his strong play between the pipes to power Buffalo to a 3-1 win over the Red Wings Saturday afternoon at KeyBank Center.
With the victory the Sabres push their season total to 61 as they try to keep pace in the wild card standings. Buffalo entered the day with 59 points and four points back of the wild card spot, which is held by Pittsburgh.
Conor Sheary scored for just the third time since November 8th, 2018, capitalizing on a Red Wings turnover to Jimmy Howard and give Buffalo a 1-0 lead 1:15 into the second.
On the man advantage a little later in the period, Casey Mittelstadt, who fired a shot off the crossbar earlier in the game, collected his eighth goal of the season, firing home a beauiful pass from Jack Eichel to give Buffalo a 2-0 lead.
The rookie centerman has now seven points (2G, 5A) in his last nine games.
Detroit would pull within one with a power play goal of it’s own. Dylan Larkin potted his 23rd of the season, beating Linus Ullmark on a wrap around.
Special teams would continue to light it up, this time with Kyle Okposo adding another power play goal for the Blue & Gold in the seconds, to push the Sabres’ lead back out to two at the end of the second period.