The Buffalo Sabres dropped their opener to the Detroit Red Wings’ 2-1 in Detroit.

Zemgus Girgensons scored the lone goal for the Sabres with 7:24 remaining in regulation as Redwings goalie Jimmy Howard went behind the net to play the puck and attempted to shoot it around the boards, but Sabres forward Brian Flynn managed to get a piece of the clearing attempt and the puck went right in front, where Girgensons backhanded it into an open net to make it a one-goal game.

Ryan Miller made 32 saves for the Sabres, who went 0-for-7 on the power play in their season debut

Mikael Samuelsson and Pavel Datsyuk scored for Detroit and Jimmy Howard made 19 at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday night. It was the first game for Detroit since shifting to the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference as part of the NHL’s realignment.

Detroit raced to a 2-0 lead with two goals in a span of 36 seconds midway through the first period. Samuelsson opened the scoring at 12:05 when he redirected Cory Emmerton’s shot past Miller for the Red Wings’ first goal of the season.

Friday the Sabres return home to host the Ottawa Senators and Saturday they travel to Pittsburgh.

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