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After that, we slowed down


Posted 1:59 am, 01/12/2019

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings had a successful debut as an Eastern Conference team, scoring early and holding on late. [url= http://www.airforce1ireland.com/]Air Force 1 Ireland Clearance[/url] . Pavel Datsyuk and Mikael Samuelsson scored 36 seconds apart midway through the first period and Detroit beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 Wednesday night in the season-opener for both teams. "When you start off at home, you always want the first goal and we got two," Samuelsson said. "After that, we slowed down." Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard turned the puck over, allowing Zemgus Girgensons to score in his NHL debut with 7:24 left in the game. Howard tried to clear the puck from behind his net, but it hit Buffalos Brian Flynn and popped over the net to set up Girgensons backhander that pulled the Sabres within a goal. "It was unfortunate that it hit him and ended right on the guys stick," Howard said. "My bad." Howard made 19 saves, playing an Atlantic Division game against the young Sabres. Buffalo had a two-man power play for 1:31 early in the first period and for 51 seconds late in the second, but couldnt take advantage. In between those 5-on-3 opportunities, the Sabres were scoreless on three power plays. "It couldve been a difference-maker for our team, and it wasnt," Buffalo forward Steve Ott said. Ryan Miller gave up goals on the fifth and sixth shots he faced and finished with 32 saves. He didnt seem to have much of a chance on either goal. Samuelsson swiped the puck out of the air and into the net off a centring pass from Cory Emmerton 12:05 into the game. "It was pretty," Miller said. "Youd think it was prettier if it didnt happen to you." Datsyuk got a giveaway in the Sabres end, skated between the circles and backhanded a shot that Miller appeared to not see until it was too late at 12:41 of the first. "We made a second mistake up the wall and we turned it over to a real good player," said coach Ron Rolston, following his first game behind Buffalos bench. The Red Wings didnt create a lot of chances the rest of the game, but did have a goal waved off because Daniel Cleary was called for interference against Miller. "We hung around long enough and got one, so we were still in it at the end," Rolston said. "But obviously our power play didnt help us." Detroit is hoping to start strong this season and finish better than it has the previous four years when it failed to get past the second round of the playoffs. The Red Wings seem to have a deep roster including a pair of veteran newcomers, Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss. Buffalo, meanwhile, is rebuilding. The Sabres played three teenagers: Girgensons, Mikhail Grigorenko and Rasmus Ristolainen. Buffalo selected Ristolainen, an 18-year-old defenceman from Finland, with the No. 8 pick in this years draft. Grigorenko, who had five points in 25 games last season, and Girgensons were chosen in the first round last year. "This is a good experience for them, playing a team like that with the speed that they have," Rolston said. NOTES: Samuelsson played in just four games last season because of injuries and didnt have a goal. ... The Sabres played more than two teenagers for the first time since the 1995-96 season, when they had five on their roster. ... The Red Wings are 9-1-1 in their last 11 games against Buffalo, a team they will play four times this season. [url= http://www.airforce1ireland.com/]Air Force 1 Ireland[/url] . In question is whether 26-year-old Matt Frattin will be on it. A a€?mediocrea€? training camp, as Carlyle put it earlier this week, has Frattin lingering nervously on the bubble at the end of the exhibition season, pushed out of a likely job by Brandon Kozun, the small, but feisty winger determined to make the NHL for the first time. 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The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not disclosed the reason for Gordons punishment.Gordons absence wasnt the only issue for the Browns.Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was late for medical treatment on his injured hamstring, the person said. The Browns typically fine any player who is tardy for meetings or treatment on injuries. Manziel was placed on injured reserve this week after making two starts. The former Heisman Trophy winner is with the team for the seasons final game.Earlier this week, Manziel acknowledged he should have worked harder during his first NFL season.Im not the Johnny Manziel that came in here a year ago, he said. Its been a year of growing up for me. This is a job for me now. I have to take this a lot more seriously than maybe I did at first still going home and doing whatever I was doing in the off-season.The Browns issued a statement about Gordons suspension, but did not mention Manziel, whose unapologetic stance about his off-season partying raised questions about his commitment. Manziel said this week he wants to be the guy for the Browns, who traded up in the first round to select him in Mays draft.Manziel didnt show much on the field during his brief playing time, and the Browns have to wonder if he can stabilize a problematic position.The Browns (7-8), who were contending for a playoff spot before losing four straight, will start rookie quarterback Connor Shaw on Sunday against the Ravens. Shaw was elevated from the practice squad Saturday. He will be Clevelands 22nd starting quarterback since 1999.Gordons latest misstep has put his future with the Browns in jeopardy.He amassed 1,646 yards reeceiving last season despite being suspended for the first two games for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. [url= http://www.airforce1ireland...]Wholesale Air Force 1 Ireland[/url]. He claimed he failed the drug test for a codeine-laced prescription cough medicine.Since returning from his league ban this year, Gordon had caught 24 passes for 303 yards. But he also ran the wrong pass routes for former starter Brian Hoyer, who was benched in favour of Manziel. Coach Mike Pettine said Gordon needed to work harder on some plays, and the former Pro Bowler was less accessible to the media.When he returned from his suspension earlier this season, the 23-year-old Gordon talked about wanting to make things up to the teammates who stood by him. He caught eight passes for 120 yards on Nov. 23 in his first game back against Atlanta and followed that up with seven catches for 75 yards in a loss at Buffalo.But Gordon, whose drug suspension this year was for marijuana, has caught just nine passes in the past three games, and he has no touchdowns after scoring nine last season.After he returned last month, Gordon said he was committed to helping the Browns win.I just want to control what I can control, and thats playing my hardest and working my hardest, 16 weeks next season and these last six games this season, however long Im in Cleveland, he said. Thats just what I want to do.He hasnt lived up to his promise.And now the Browns may have reached a breaking point with him. They provided support for Gordon during his suspension and hoped that he would mature and fulfil his potential.Because he didnt reach six games, Gordon will not be able to count this season toward free agency. 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