Originally created 02/22/99

Red Wings 4, Sabres 4



BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Vyacheslav Kozlov's hat-trick goal in the third period gave the Detroit Red Wings a 4-4 tie with the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday.

It was the third career hat trick for Kozlov, who accounted for the first goal ever scored in Marine Midland Arena in October 1996.

Kozlov's shot from the top of the faceoff circle midway through the third period deflected in off defenseman James Patrick's stick and allowed Kozlov to finish with a goal in each period.

Kozlov nearly won it when his shot hit the crossbar as the Red Wings peppered Buffalo goaltender Dwayne Roloson with seven shots in overtime.

Sergei Fedorov scored the other goal for the Red Wings, whose winning streak was snapped at six games.

Miroslav Satan extended his goal-scoring streak to six games with a go-ahead goal for Buffalo in the third period. The Sabres overcame a 2-0 lead in the second period on goals by Michael Peca, Michal Grosek and Curtis Brown.

Satan, who owns the longest goal-scoring streak in the NHL this season at eight games, pushed a backhander between Chris Osgood's pads for a 4-3 lead at 7:06 of the third. Satan also had two assists.

The power-play goal by Brown snapped a string of 38 scoreless power plays for Buffalo, which had lost five straight games to Detroit. The Sabres haven't beaten the Red Wings since November 1995.

Dominik Hasek remained sidelined by a strained groin suffered against Toronto on Wednesday and will be re-evaluated Monday. In his place Roloson, who made 30 saves in a 4-2 win over San Jose on Friday, made 34 saves in his fifth start of the season.

In the only other start of his career against Detroit, for Calgary in April 1997, Roloson lost 3-2 in overtime on a goal with nine seconds left.

The teams played a penalty-free first period with Detroit taking a 1-0 lead on Kozlov's first goal at 12:03 of the period. Aaron Ward fanned on a shot inside the Buffalo blue line and Kozlov fired in the loose puck.

Kozlov's second goal at 10:29 of the second period started out as a thing of beauty and ended up as a train wreck. The Red Wings stole the puck from the Sabres and Martin Lapointe pushed it across to Kozlov, who broke in for the goal. Kozlov followed the puck into the net, helped along by Sabres defenseman Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre.

Buffalo scored three goals to take the lead in the second period. Peca skated around the top of the circle and launched a slap shot from just inside the blue line that deflected in off Red Wings defenseman Brendan Shanahan's stick at 12:13.

Grosek tied it 39 seconds later when he popped in the rebound of a shot by Satan. Brown's power-play goal, on a pass from Satan, gave the Sabres a 3-2 lead at 18:19. Buffalo had come up empty on its previous 24 power plays against Detroit.

Fedorov's power-play goal tied the game at 3-3 early in the third.