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October 4, 2013

Sabres lose season opener, 2-1

Sabres fall 2-1 to Red Wings in season opener

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Tonawanda News — “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 Buffalo’s bench.

The Red Wings didn’t 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 didn’t 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 defenseman from Finland, with the No. 8 pick in this year’s 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 didn’t 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.

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