Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Friday, October 12th
Red Wings4
Game 2: Sunday, March 10th
Red Wings1Final

Red Wings 1

(46-12-2, 100 pts)

Sabres 5

(27-28-1, 63 pts)

3:00 PM ET, March 10, 2002

First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York

1 2 3 T
DET 0 1 01
BUF 3 1 15

C. Brown (Sabres - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

M. Afinogenov (Sabres - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

J. McKee (Sabres - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Hasek pulled against former team

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Dominik Hasek has many great memories of Buffalo. Sunday's homecoming won't be among them.

Pulled 40 minutes into a 5-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, the goalie spent the final period alone in the Detroit Red Wings dressing room riding an exercise bike.

"What can I say? I was excited to be back, but disappointed after the game," Hasek said. "We were a little sluggish, and I didn't have my best game either. The way we played, we had no chance of beating them."

Despite the defeat, Detroit clinched a playoff spot.

Hasek allowed four goals on the first 12 shots he faced in his first trip back to Buffalo, where the six-time Vezina Trophy-winner spent nine seasons before being dealt to Detroit last July.

The Sabres, labeled by Hasek as non-contenders upon his departure from Buffalo, came out strong and focused in beating the NHL's top team.

Miroslav Satan scored twice as Buffalo won its third straight and jumped into 11th place, ahead of idle Pittsburgh, in the Eastern Conference. Curtis Brown, Maxim Afinogenov and Chris Gratton had a goal and assist each for Buffalo, which beat Detroit for the first time in 12 meetings (1-10-1).

The Sabres, as they insisted before the game, said their thoughts were focused on winning, not on Hasek.

"It's not any nicer than any other day," Sabres goalie Martin Biron said. "Opening the paper and seeing that we were sitting in 10th or 11th and trying to catch Montreal and the Rangers, that should be enough to get us ready to play a great game."

It was a consummate effort for the Sabres, who for the third straight time jumped out to a quick lead.

A two-man advantage led to Buffalo's first two goals.

With Brown screening Hasek, Satan opened the scoring 4:03 in. Brown scored 38 seconds later, redirecting Afinogenov's pass into the slot.

Afinogenov made it 3-0 just nine minutes later, scoring on a breakaway just as he left the penalty box.

"We had a very good start and we didn't let it slip away," Satan said. "Before the game, we didn't talk much about Dom. They have enough guys to worry about."

It didn't help that high winds prevented the team from arriving in Buffalo until about three hours before game time.

Pavel Datsyuk scored for Detroit in the second period, the first goal Biron allowed in more than two games. Biron's shutout streak ended at 144 minutes, 4 seconds, breaking his career-high by 33 seconds.

The loss ended a number of impressive Red Wings' streaks.

Coming off Saturday's 5-2 win at St. Louis, Detroit entered the game having won eight straight as well as a franchise-record eight in a row on the road. Hasek had a 15-game (13-0-2) unbeaten streak snapped, and was denied an opportunity to win his 38th game, which would have marked a career high.

"We were due for one of these games," Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman said.

Hasek was completely fooled on Gratton's goal 72 seconds into the second period. Hasek made the first move, inexplicably diving to his left, allowing Gratton to score into an open net.

"I just guessed, and I made a funny move. I don't know why," Hasek said. "It was the worst goal I've ever given up."

Gratton will take it, his third goal in three games.

"I think Dom saw me look over there," Gratton said. "I was surprised to see the net open, and surprised it went in."

Game notes

Eight of the 13 goals Buffalo scored in its last three games have come in the first period. ... With the Red Wings off until Wednesday, Hasek planned to stay in Buffalo overnight to visit with members of Hasek's Heroes, a youth hockey program he established last year for underprivileged children. ... The Sabres welcome back another former star Tuesday, as ex-Sabres captain Michael Peca makes his first visit to Buffalo since being traded to the New York Islanders last June.

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