Oct 2, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (13) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring in the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Highlights - Season Opener - Detroit Red Wings vs Buffalo Sabres

In last season’s season opener the Red Wings were pounded by the St. Louis Blues, but this season was a different story.

The Red Wings only won the game 2-1, but the game was not as close as the score made it out to be. The Wings dominated the Sabres for most of the game and did not give them many chances to put points on the board.

Mikael Samuelsson, yes Mikael Sanuelsson, opened the scoring for the Detroit Red Wings by driving the net and tipping a Cory Emmerton shot over the shoulder of Ryan Miller.

If Samuelsson continues to drive the net like he did on this play then he will be worth every penny he is being paid.

Later in the period, Datsyuk decided to put the Red Wings up by two and he used a Jonathan Ericsson screen to snipe a back-hand shot into the net.

I will never get tired of watching Datsyuk make moves and goals like this, it is certainly worth the price of admission.

In the second period, the Red Wings and the fans thought they had a three goal lead as Daniel Cleary pushed the puck past Ryan Miller, but it was called back on goaltender interference.

As you can tell it was a horrible call. Cleary tripped over Miller’s pad and Miller had no shot at making a save on the play.

A short while after the penalty, Drew Miller sent Cory Emmerton on a breakaway, but because it was Emmerton instead of scoring he was tripped and received a penalty shot. Once again, because it is Emmerton he was stoned on the penalty shot and the Wings lead stayed at 2 to 0.

In the third period, Buffalo scored a goal off of a Jimmy Howard turnover, but the Red Wings held on and finished the game off. The Red Wings won their first game in the Eastern Conference and look even better than the score made it seem.

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