The Buffalo Sabres have given the effort for interim coach Ted Nolan, but ill timed penalties and defensive lapses have again resulted in a blown lead and another defeat as Detroit edged Buffalo 3-1.

The Sabres struck first when Cody Hodgson scored his eighth of the season at 7:47 of the first period. Sabres forward Drew Stafford set it up, stealing the puck from Red Wings forward Darren Helm in the Detroit zone. Stafford passed it Hodgson, who was wide open and slipped the puck past Red Wings goalie Jonas Gustavsson (19 saves).

Darren Helm tied it for the Red Wings scoring his fifth goal just 30 seconds into the second period. Helm put a spinning backhand shot past Miller after receiving a pass from behind the net from Daniel Alfredsson.

At 11:43 of the third, the Red Wings took advantage of a cross-checking penalty to Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers when Franzen scored on the power play, his sixth goal of the season. Franzen’s shot deflected off of Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, but the puck fluttered over him and into the net.

At 9:39 of the second, Sabres captain Steve Ott was hooked from behind by defenseman Niklas Kronwall on a breakaway and was awarded a penalty shot, but Gustavsson came up with the save to preserve the 1-1 tie.

Alfredsson added an empty-net goal with 48 seconds left in the third. The Red Wings outshot the Sabres 34-19. Miller made 31 saves for Buffalo.

The Sabres have lost four in a row and host the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

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