What looked to be a relatively easy evening for the Red Wings suddenly wasn't.
The Wings saw a big lead disappear Tuesday in Buffalo, N.Y., but the Wings held on and defeated the Sabres, 5-3.
The Wings had a 4-1 lead entering the third period but saw the Sabres get within 4-3 on Casey Mittlestadt's goal at 8 minutes, 20 seconds of the third period.
A Jake Walman penalty late in the third period forced the Wings to kill a penalty, but Dylan Larkin's empty-net goal secured the win.
That's four consecutive wins for the Wings (14-7-3), who leapfrogged idle Florida into second place in the Atlantic Division. The Wings have won six of their last seven games and are 7-2-2 over their last 11 games.
Buffalo, a popular preseason to move upward in the Atlantic, is 10-14-2, has lost four consecutive games, and is sinking rapidly.
Larkin (two goals), Robby Fabbri, Moritz Seider (power play) and Michael Rasmussen supplied the offense for the Red WIngs. Goaltender Alex Lyon stopped 29 shots.
Here are some talking points from the Wings' latest victory:
Coach Derek Lalonde hasn't announced any shift in net, no goaltender has assumed a great share of the starts.
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