DETROIT — The Buffalo Sabres faced new division foe Detroit on the road to start the season.
It looked early like the game was a lock for the Red Wings, but the Sabres got back in it, only to come up short.
Mikael Samuelsson and Pavel Datsyuk scored for the Red Wings in the 1st period.
The game remained scoreless until Zemgus Girgensons scored a goal in his NHL debut, but it wasn't enough.
The home opener is Friday against Ottawa.