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Girgensons, Ennis lift Sabres to SO win over Wings

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons scored shootout goals, and the Buffalo Sabres edged the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Sunday.

Michal Neuvirth made 36 saves and stopped Henrik Zetterberg in the third round of the shootout to help the Sabres (3-9-1) win at home for the first time this season.

Brian Flynn and Chris Stewart both scored their first goals of the season, and Tyson Strachan had two assists for Buffalo, which beat Detroit for the first time since Oct. 13, 2009.

Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist, Tomas Tatar also scored, and Jimmy Howard made 19 saves for Detroit (6-3-2), which had a two-game winning streak snapped.

Detroit went 0-for-4 on the power play, including one in overtime.

The Red Wings appeared to score the winning goal at 2:28 of overtime when Johan Franzen deflected Henrik Zetterberg’s shot into the net. The goal was disallowed when officials ruled Franzen had established position in the crease.

Stewart tied it 2-2 with 6:52 remaining in the third period, poking in a rebound from point-blank range. Ennis and Strachan earned assist.

Datsyuk put Detroit ahead 2-1 early in the third period, finishing a 3-on-2 rush with Justin Abdelkader and Brendan Smith with a short wrist shot tucked inside the left post.

Datsyuk has earned a point in all six games since returning from a separated shoulder. He has five goals and five assists this season.

Detroit held the puck for nearly two minutes before Tatar’s wrist shot from the left circle bounced off Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges and past Neuvirth to make it 1-1 with 7:05 remaining in the second period. Riley Sheahan and Datsyuk assisted on Tartar’s third goa this season.

The Sabres scored first for just the fourth time in 13 games.

Flynn gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead 6:55 into the second when he backhanded a loose puck in off the crossbar.

NOTES: Franzen returned to the Red Wings lineup after missing six games with a groin injury. … The Sabres recalled F Johan Larsson from AHL Rochester to replace the injured Marcus Foligno. Foligno got hurt in Saturday night’s loss at Pittsburgh. … Buffalo signed F Justin Bailey to a three-year, entry-level contract during the first intermission. Bailey, currently playing with the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers, was a second-round pick in 2013. … Detroit will play at Ottawa on Tuesday and at the New York Rangers on Wednesday. Buffalo will host Montreal on Wednesday.

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