DETROIT – Brian Rafalski scored a power-play goal 31 seconds into overtime, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.
Detroit, which blew a two-goal lead, moved into eighth place in the Western Conference standings.
Pavel Datsyuk and Patrick Eaves put Detroit ahead a few minutes into the game, scoring on the second and third shots against Ryan Miller.
Jochen Hecht pulled Buffalo within a goal at the 7:05 mark of the first period and tied it 5½ minutes into the second.
Miller bounced back from his rough start to make 34 saves. He got a warm reception, playing in his home state for the first time since helping the U.S. win silver at the Olympics. Detroit’s Jimmy Howard stopped 24 shots.