Red Wings 4, Sabres 1

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 02, 2011
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Jimmy Howard made 27 saves, and the Detroit Red Wings stretched their winning streak to seven with a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. Jakub Kindl, Johan Franzen, and Valtteri Filppula scored first-period goals for Detroit (16-7-1), which last won seven in a row in March 2010. Pavel Datsyuk pushed the lead to 4-1 by scoring into an empty net with 1:17 left. Howard, making his 17th straight start, was steady throughout. In the second period he robbed Jason Pominville, who was left alone in the slot. He then stopped Nathan Gerbe on a breakaway in the third. Jochen Hecht spoiled Howard's shutout bid with 6:13 remaining. Jhonas Enroth, making his ninth straight start in place of No. 1 goalie Ryan Miller, made 32 saves for the Sabres (13-11-1), who have lost three of four. Miller was in uniform for the first time since sustaining a concussion nearly three weeks earlier, and served as Enroth's backup. Miller might start Saturday at Nashville against the Predators. Hecht made it 3-1 after converting a 2-on-1 break with Pominville with a shot from the left circle. Kindl staked Detroit to a 1-0 lead 8:50 into the game when his wrist shot from the left point got past a partially screened Enroth. Franzen made it 2-0 with a power-play goal with 6:22 left in the first, and Filppula pushed the lead to three goals just 63 seconds later. NOTES: Red Wings RW Chris Conner played in his first NHL game since April after being recalled on Wednesday from Grand Rapids of the AHL. ... Detroit will play 10 of its 15 December games on the road. ... Buffalo D Joe Finley made his NHL debut and became the ninth rookie to play for the Sabres this season. Philadelphia leads the league with 10. ... Filppula has five goals during his current five-game point streak. ... The Sabres also got LW Tyler Ennis and RW Patrick Kaleta back in the lineup following injuries, but they are still without five regulars. ... Gerbe left with 7 1/2 minutes left after Paul Gaustad's stick inadvertently struck him in the face.
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