DETROIT (AP/WWJ) – Marco Scandella scored with a second left in overtime, lifting the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.
Justin Abdelkader pulled the Red Wings into a 2-all tie with 1:25 remaining in the third period. They had a chance to win early in overtime, but Tomas Tatar failed to get a shot off on a breakaway.
Scandella joined teammate Jack Eichel in rare air, scoring a goal with one second to play in an overtime period.
Evander Kane scored a go-ahead wraparound goal late in the second period for Buffalo. Scouts at the game evaluating Kane as a player to possibly acquire had a great view of his 20th goal, which was scored directly in front of them in the press box. Kane told reporters earlier this week he expects to be traded before Monday’s deadline.
Rasmus Ristolainen had a goal early in the game to put the Sabres ahead and Robin Lehner finished with 35 saves, including some key ones in the extra period.
Jimmy Howard stopped 27 shots for the Red Wings.
Detroit’s Jonathan Ericsson tied the game at 1 early in the second period.
Some teams already out of the playoff race, including Buffalo and Detroit, are trying to trade players with expiring contracts for draft picks to potentially bolster the future of their franchises.
Kane is a definitely a candidate to get dealt and is perhaps one of the best players available.
The 26-year-old is on the market because he’s in the last season of his deal with a rebuilding team led by first-year general manager Jason Botterill. The Sabres have not appeared to express an interest in re-signing Kane in part because he’ll be worth a lot of money on the free agent market.
Kane, drafted by Atlanta No. 4 overall in 2009, was acquired by Buffalo from Winnipeg in 2015 a few weeks before the trade deadline in a deal that sent a first-round pick that year to the Jets. He has 20 goals this season, ranking second on the team, and 177 in his career.
- Nashville, New Jersey, Chicago, San Jose, Colorado, Philadelphia, Winnipeg and Tampa Bay, the New York Islanders, Washington and Los Angeles had scouts assigned to seats in the press box ahead of Monday’s trade deadline.
- The Red Wings scratched D Mike Green for a fourth straight game with an upper-body injury. Green might be cleared to play Saturday night, giving other teams a chance to see if he’s healthy before trading for him.
Sabres: Play at Washington on Saturday night.
Red Wings: Host the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.
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