Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist, Tomas Tatar also scored, and Jimmy Howard made 19 saves for Detroit.
Darren Helm scored the go-ahead goal 3:33 into the third period to inch the Detroit Red Wings closer to clinching a playoff berth with a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.
Ryan Miller was a no-show at Buffalo Sabres practice Monday because the star goalie was still traveling from the Sochi Games.
This isn’t the first time Engelland lost a fight either. He lost after one punch against the Calgary Flames earlier this season.
Maybe the move to the Eastern Conference will not turn out so bad for the Detroit Red Wings after all.
Pavel Datsyuk and Mikael Samuelsson scored 36 seconds apart midway through the first period and the Detroit Red Wings held on to beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 Wednesday night in the season-opener for both teams.
The NHL is holding Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston partially responsible for a brawl that broke out during a preseason game against Toronto.
The Red Wings have also dominated the struggling Buffalo Sabres for much of the past 16 years heading into Monday night’s matchup.