Skinner scores twice as Sabres defeat Red Wings

Jeff Skinner scored twice to reach the 40-goal mark and the Buffalo Sabres closed out their season with a 7-1 thumping of the host Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.Rasmus Dahlin supplied a goal and an assist. Sam Reinhart, Conor Sheary, Zemgus Girgensons and Brandon Montour also scored for the Sabres (33-39-10). Linus Ullmark made 23 saves.Skinner reached the 40-goal mark for the first time in his nine-year career. He also had 32 even-strength goals this season. That gave him the most even-strength goals by a Sabre since Alexander Mogilny (49) in the 1992-93 season.Anthony Mantha scored for Detroit (32-40-10).Wings goalie Jimmy Howard was pulled in the second period after giving up five goals. He made 21 saves.Buffalo led 2-1 after one period.Jack Eichel made a pass from behind the goal to Reinhart in front. Reinhart then slid it past Howard for his 22nd goal this season.Dahlin made it 2-0 on the power play off a pass from Rasmus Ristolainen. Dahlin beat a screened Howard on the far side.Mantha scored in the slot to get the Red Wings on the board. His power-play tally came off a pass from the point by Andreas Athanasiou. Filip Hronek also had an assist on Mantha’s 25th goal.The Sabres stretched the advantage to 5-1 in the second period.