The Detroit Red Wings offense exploded in the second period to power them over the Buffalo Sabres in their second straight victory of the preseason.
The first half of the period was evenly contested. Both teams got some good shots off, both goalies made some saves and the game was scoreless.
Nine minutes into the period, the Red Wings had their first power play opportunity of the game after a cross-check from Buffalo. The unit had some good looks; there was impressive movement on blue line and near the front of the net. Nick Leddy was the quarterback for the first unit and Seider led the next. However, they came up empty.
Detroit put their foot on the gas, maintaining offensive pressure and keep the Sabres chances low.
But with a minute and a half to go, Rasmus Asplund broke the tie, sending Buffalo to the locker room with the lead. Just after, the Red Wings had one more chance on the man advantage, but again, they failed to cash in.
Detroit outshot Buffalo 18-10 in the first, but Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen kept the Wings off the board.
The offense took off in the second period. Robby Fabbri finally got the Wings on the board, burying a rebound from Pius Suter.
The Red Wings kept the goals coming just 23 seconds later with Lucas Raymond’s first goal of the preseason. Raymond swung towards the center of the ice while maintaining possession of the puck and ripped it in for a score.
Troy Stecher decided to keep the score party going less than three minutes later, as he activated from the blue line, shooting through a crowd of bodies to stretch the lead to two.
Exactly half way through the second period, the penalty kill had it’s first test of the game. It looked like the job had been done, but with nine seconds left on the power play, Arttu Ruotsalainen snuck a goal in past Alex Nedeljkovic. Victor brattstrom came in for Nedeljkovic after the goal.
Riley Barber was hooked and subsequently called for embellishment with five minutes left in the second period. Luke Witkoswki ripped a rocket one timer to the upper corner right off of a faceoff win, scoring as the penalties expired.
The Sabres turned up the offensive pressure to start the third and ten minutes in, it looked as though a penalty by Jonathan Martin might be an opportunity to keep the game close. However, the penalty kill came up big and kept Buffalo off the board.
The Red Wings power play got back to back chances and despite some more solid scoring chances, both came up empty.
An empty netter iced the game for the Red Wings, as Robby Fabbri scored his second goal of the night.
But the Red Wings didn’t take their foot off the gas. Jonathon Martin blitzed the Sabres goaltender and snuck it past to make it a four goal lead.
Detroit won their second straight preseason game and return home this Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets with a chance to make it three straight.