The Detroit Red Wings moved a step closer Monday to finishing in last place in the Atlantic Division. Detroit was 31-3-1-2 against the Sabres prior to the current three-game run.
The Buffalo Sabres accomplished something that they hadn't done since before the Red Wings' 25-season playoff streak began - beat Detroit for the third time in a row.
The Red Wings (28-32-11) got stronger as the game progressed, but a slow start cost them. The Sabres, who have played two more games than Detroit, are at 29-31-12 and 70 points.
Eleven of Moulson's 14 goals have come on the power play. Buffalo would also score the first goal of the second period on the power play, when Matt Moulson slammed home a lose puck for the 2-0 lead.
The Wings don't have any spare defensemen, so tonight will see Danny DeKeyser, Mike Green, Niklas Kronwall, Nick Jensen, Xavier Ouellet and Robbie Russo. Henrik Zetterberg picked up his 45th assist of the season on the Tatar goal.
The Red Wings had several good chances to tie it in the third, including a pair of power plays. Jack Eichel took a pass from Ryan O'Reilly at the top of the left faceoff circle and snapped a long wrist shot past Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek.
The Buffalo power play produced again 8:59 into the second period.