BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Tage Thompson had three goals and three assists for a career-high six points to lead the Buffalo Sabres to an 8-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.
Rasmus Dahlin, Jack Quinn, Dylan Cozens, Jeff Skinner and Rasmus Asplund also scored for the Sabres, who won for the sixth time in nine games. Eric Comrie had 15 saves.
Buffalo had its highest scoring output since a nine-goal effort against Ottawa on Nov. 3, 2018.
“It’s fun watching the guys working for it,” Sabres coach Don Granato said. “We’re trying to convince all of our guys to score some of the ugly ones and the pretty ones will just fall in there. We’ve been guilty of trying to pass the puck into the net. We got more direct.”
Thompson picked up his second of the evening on the power play with 1:30 left in the second. Seconds after hitting the post, Thompson froze both Red Wings defensemen with a toe drag before firing a wrist shot.
Perron got one back for Detroit with one minute remaining in the second, and the Red Wings briefly got back in it when Larkin cut Buffalo’s lead to 4-3 on a short-handed rush 4:19 into the third.
The Sabres then scored four times in a 6 1/2-minute stretch to pull away.
Dahlin made it 5-3 with a power-play goal with 7:07 remaining, and Cozens made it 6-3 nearly two minutes later.
Thompson picked up the hat trick with 4:02 remaining on another highlight-reel effort, maneuvering his way around defenseman Gustav Lindstrom and then Nedeljkovic.