Detroit has had a tough November losing 8 out of the 12 games played this month. They had an especially tough stretch losing 6 games in overtime in a row, but they found a win over Buffalo, 3-1. Buffalo continues to struggle and have yet to find a line combination that works best for them.
Buffalo started out strong again and was able to get the first goal of the evening. However, for now the third straight game of scoring first, they have been held to that one goal. Cody Hodgson was able to get his 8th of the season for Buffalo with a nice, patient, goal.
Detroit would score a mere 30 seconds into the second period to tie up the game. Darren Helm would get his 5th of the season on a nice backhanded goal. Buffalo would get a chance to go back into the lead when Steve Ott was awarded a penalty shot after he was hooked while on a breakaway.
The third period would be all Detroit with a power play goal by Johan Franzen halfway through the period and to top it off, an empty net goal scored by Daniel Alfredsson with less than a minute left.
Buffalo was again out shot and outworked throughout most of the game. If they continue to play this way, they will continue to be the worst team in the NHL.
Buffalo’s next game is against Montreal on home ice Wednesday and Detroit heads back home to take on Boston, also on Wednesday night.