Plagued by injuries all season, Detroit visited Buffalo missing leading scorer Pavel Datsyuk and having lost eight of the last ten games. If Buffalo expected the Wings to roll over and flounder without Datsyuk, they were in for an unpleasant surprise. Darren Helm and Joakim Andersson stepped up in a big way offensively, and Jimmy Howard snapped out of his funk to give Detroit a much-needed win.
Down south, the Hurricanes got some sweet relief of their own. Carolina scored four unanswered goals (including one from rumored trade block candidate Tuomo Ruutu) to blow away a confident Senators squad.
All the NHL Scores
Red Wings 3, Sabres 1
Hurricanes 4, Senators 1
On Sunday we asked you five burning questions about the day's games. These are you cool, soothing answers.
1. Can the Red Wings overcome their injuries?
Playing without Pavel Datsyuk, Todd Bertuzzi or Danny DeKeyser, the Red Wings nonetheless managed a pretty impressive performance against Buffalo. Daniel Alfredsson scored once and notched an assist, while Darren Helm channeled Datsyuk on the game-tying goal.
2. Can Cam Ward steal a win for the Hurricanes?
He didn't have to. Carolina and Ottawa matched each other shot for shot, but the Hurricanes capitalized on most of their chances. Ward was brilliant when called upon, stopping 36 shots for his first win since coming off injured reserve. He even submitted a save of the year candidate.
3. Will Ottawa's power play be the difference?
It was, in the sense that their two opportunities came when a momentum swing could've changed the game. A power play goal in the first period could've kept the Hurricanes from setting the tone early. The Senators received another chance on the man advantage down two goals in the third period but couldn't get the rally started.
4. Can the Sabres take advantage of Detroit early?
Cody Hodgson got them on the board first, but the Red Wings gradually retook the lead over the next two periods. Not much else to say about the Sabres right now.
5. Can Ottawa keep climbing in the Atlantic?
The Detroit win combined with Ottawa's loss means the Senators are still sixth in the Atlantic. So, no.
The one play or moment from the games on Sunday that will be making headlines for the next couple of days
Fans are still making jokes this morning about those terrible Buffalo alternate sweaters.
Stat of the Night
It's one of the more fascinating stats so far: Buffalo has not won a single game this season in which they scored the first goal.
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