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Sabres defeat Red Wings, 2-0

In the dressing room after their loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday, members of the Sabres spoke about flushing that game and moving on to the next one.

They responded with a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Friday, improving to 9-2-1 this season. Linus Ullmark made 39 saves for his first shutout of the season, including several key stops to preserve a scoreless tie when the Red Wings made an early push in the first period.

Jake McCabe and Sam Reinhart scored goals for the Sabres. Reinhart also tallied an assist, giving him 10 points (5+5) in 12 contests this season. Jack Eichel added a pair of helpers.

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark (35) stops a shot by Detroit Red Wings center Frans Nielsen (81) in the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, in Detroit.

Ullmark kept the Red Wings off the board during a first period in which they outshot the Sabres, 12-6. He stopped Andreas Athanasiou from in tight on the first shift of the game. Less than five minutes later, he used his blocker to rob Valtteri Filppula on a breakaway chance.

The goalie’s performance set the stage for McCabe to open the scoring at the 11:40 mark of the second. McCabe – who had left the game to receive stitches above his eye during the first period – scored with a shot from the point while Victor Olofsson battled to screen Howard down low.