Detroit Red Wings bounce back to beat Buffalo Sabres

Reuters

Tue, Nov 26, 2013 - Page 19

Darren Helm scored for the fourth time in five games, left winger Johan Franzen tallied the go-ahead goal with less than nine minutes to go and backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson improved to 5-0-1 as the Red Wings downed the Buffalo Sabres 3-1.

Helm, who missed most of October with a groin injury, had just 33 goals in 255 career games before his recent hot streak.

The Red Wings got a welcome surprise when forward Daniel Alfredsson returned to the lineup. He missed five games with a groin injury, but was back in time to record the primary assist on Helm’s tally and add an empty-net goal with 48.2 seconds remaining.

With an 0-2-4 record in his past half-dozen starts, Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard got the evening off and Gustavsson was in net for the Red Wings (11-7-7), who came in with just one win in their past nine games.

Gustavsson finished with 21 saves.

Ryan Miller stopped 31 shots for Buffalo (5-19-1).

HURRICANES 4, SENATORS 1

The Carolina Hurricanes scored three goals in a seven-minute stretch of the second period to defeat the Ottawa Senators and end a four-game losing streak.

Right wingers Patrick Dwyer and Tuomo Ruutu, and center Elias Lindholm scored for Carolina during the game-turning span.

Center Eric Staal, who added an empty-net goal, and defenseman Justin Faulk provided two assists apiece.

Center Jason Spezza scored for Ottawa just 67 seconds into the game.

Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward, in his third game back from an injury, secured his first victory in more than a month. He stopped 35 shots.

The Senators, who snapped a three-game losing streak by winning on Saturday in Detroit, Michigan, have given up at least four goals in their past nine losses.

Goalie Robin Lehner made 33 saves, but he was unable to win for the second day in a row.