By Dave Hart
Red Wings 4, Sabres 3 – Tomas Tatar’s game-winning goal with 2:50 left helped snap the Red Wings three-game losing streak, with a victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Wings jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Brad Richards and Riley Sheahan.
Jack Eichel responded with a pair of goals for the Sabres to tie the game at 2-2 heading into the third period.
Both teams traded third period goals from Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg and the Sabres’ Sam Reinhart at 2:27 and 8:58 of the stanza, respectively, before Tatar’s goal late in the contest.
Detroit goaltender Petr Mrazek picked up the win, stopping 32 of 35 shots.
The Red Wings are now 19-13-7 on the season, good for 45 points and third place in the Atlantic Division.
Detroit will continue its long six-game road trip on Monday night against the New Jersey Devils.
Record: 19-13-7 45 pts
3rd Place in Atlantic Division (2 pts behind Montreal)
6th Place in Eastern Conference (13 pts behind Washington)
3 pts ahead of Ottawa for the last playoff spot
Magic # to clinch 25th straight playoff berth: 86 pts
Magic # to clinch Atlantic Division title: 90 pts
Magic # to clinch Eastern Conference: 104 pts
Next Game: 01/04/2016 @ New Jersey Devils 7:00 p.m. @ Prudential Center
Stats: Goals- Brad Richards (4), Riley Sheahan (6), Henrik Zetterberg (7), Tomas Tatar (12). Assists- Pavel Datsyuk (10), Mike Green 2 (13), Dylan Larkin (13), Gustav Nyquist (11), Sheahan (5), Brendan Smith (7), Tatar (13). Goaltender- Petr Mrazek W (12-8-3) 32 saves on 35 shots.
Pacers 94, Pistons 82 – Paul George scored the Indiana Pacers’ final 21 points to lead them to victory over the Pistons on Saturday night.
George scored a game-high 32 points along with grabbing 14 rebounds for the Pacers.
The Pistons were led by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Reggie Jackson chipped in with 12 points.
The Pistons are now 18-16 on the season, good for fourth place in the Central Division.
Detroit will head home to host the Orlando Magic on Monday.
4th Place in Central Division (5 games behind Cleveland)
Tied for 9th Place in Eastern Conference (5 games behind Cleveland)
.5 games behind Boston for the last playoff spot
Magic # to clinch a playoff berth: 50
Magic # to clinch Central Division title: 56
Magic # to clinch Eastern Conference title: 56
Next Game: 01/04/2016 vs. Orlando Magic 7:30 p.m. @ Palace of Auburn Hills
Stats: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 16 points 10 rebounds, Reggie Jackson 12 points, Ersan Illyasova 12 points, Andre Drummond 11 points 18 rebounds.