BUFFALO, N.Y. — Dylan Larkin scored the tying goal in regulation and notched the game-winner 2:07 into overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 comeback win over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday before a sparse crowd in snowbound western New York.
Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for the Red Wings, who beat Buffalo for the second time in three days and improved to 4-4-2 over the past 10 games. Alex Nedelkovic made 26 saves.
Not many witnessed the impressive comeback. A storm that dumped around 2 feet of snow in the region limited attendance to around 1,000 at KeyBank Center
Henri Jokiharju and Jeff Skinner scored for the slumping Sabres, who have lost eight in a row at home and dropped to 1-6-2 in the last nine. The Sabres have lost all four meetings with the Red Wings this season. Aaron Dell stopped 32 shots.
Larkin's winning goal came on a wrist shot from the high slot after a giveaway by Jokiharju.
The Red Wings erased a 2-0 deficit with goals 2:07 apart in the third period.
Larkin skated off the bench to score his 17th on Robby Fabbri's feed from behind the net, tying the score at 2-2 with 6:32 left in regulation.
Moritz Seider set up Namestnikov on a 2-on-1 at 10:41 of the third. It was Namestnikov's 11th goal and Seider's team-leading 22nd assist.
The Sabres went ahead 9:56 into the opening period when Jokiharju scored his second of the season on a snap shot from the left circle that went over the glove of Nedeljkovic, who was screened by two teammates and Buffalo's Alex Tuch.
Skinner scored his team-leading 14th goal at 9:41 of the third period. Red Wings coach Jeff Flashill challenged that there was goaltender interference on the play, but the goal was upheld on replay.
All-Star Rasmus Dahlin recorded his team-leading 17th assist on Jokiharju's goal.
Tuch appeared to boost Buffalo's lead in the second period when he beat Nedelikovic on the rush, but Blashill challenged the goal and video replay determined Tuch was offside.
Nedelikovoic stopped Tuch on a breakaway with three minutes remaining in the third.
The snowstorm caused travel bans and advisories to avoid hazardous roads.
Coach Don Granato said he packed a shovel in his car and utilized four-wheel drive in making his way to the arena.
"I'm a little bit north of downtown and it just seemed like it was more and more snow as I went toward downtown," Granato said during his pregame media availability. "But made it here and, obviously, all the guys. So we're all in. Hockey, it's actually nice to see this stuff."
Red Wings: Placed G Thomas Greiss in NHL's COVID-19 protocol and recalled G Calvin Pickard. ... Assigned F Taro Hirose and D Luke Witkowski to the taxi squad with Pickard on Sunday.
Sabres: Placed F Zemgus Girgensons (lower body), D Colin Murray (upper body), and G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (lower body) on injured reserve. ... D Jacob Bryson (upper body) was scratched and will miss at least one more game after getting hurt in Saturday's loss. ... D Mattias Samuelsson made his season debut after being called up from the minors, and F Peyton Krebs returned from missing four games while on the COVID-19 protocol list.
Red Wings: Host Dallas Stars on Friday.
Sabres: At Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.