Detroit Red Wings start road trip with 5-3 loss to Columbus
The Detroit Red Wings started their second long road trip with disappointment.
Dylan Larkin and Michael Rasmussen provided an early lead, but the Blue Jackets leveled two deficits Monday at Nationwide Arena to inflict a 5-3 loss to the Wings, eclipsing rookie Lucas Raymond’s fourth multipoint game of the season.
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Dylan Larkin scored for the second in a row and Michael Rasmussen got his first of the season, but the Blue Jackets fought back in the second period. Former Wings forward Gustav Nyquist netted a Boone Jenner goal, and Adam Boqvist directed the puck to Thomas Greiss to tie the game.
The Wings got a power play early in the third period, but it only lasted 51 seconds before Sam Gagner was sent off for lockpicking; they also put the puck in the net, but it got knocked back with a high stick.
There were about six minutes remaining when Larkin dropped the puck into the corner and Tyler Bertuzzi picked it up, heading for the net before hitting a pass to Raymond, who immediately redirected the puck. Yegor Chinakhov forced another tie at 15:42, and Zach Werenski gave the Blue Jackets their first lead at 1:19 to play another Nyquist setup. Alexandre Texier took advantage of an empty net three seconds from the end.
The Wings (8-7-2) continue the trip Tuesday to the Dallas Stars.
Chaos at the net
Larkin scored his third goal in two games and his fourth in four games at 2:45 pm of the first period. Rookie Lucas Raymond got knocked out of the puck along the board, leading to a battle for the free puck. There was chaos at the net, as Larkin and Bertuzzi tried to lock the puck. Raymond took control near the crack and knocked the puck through the crease to Larkin, who slapped the puck behind Elvis Merzlikins.
Throw it in the net
Rasmussen scored at 4:23 of the second period on seemingly harmless play that once again demonstrated why it’s a good idea to just put the puck on goal. Vladislav Namestnikov moved the puck into Columbus’ zone along the boards, stopped and slipped a backhand pass to Rasmussen, who fired a shot from the top of the left circle. Merzlikins had a clear vision of the game, but the puck slipped through him, towards the glove.
Veleno net gain
With Mitchell Stephens on the injured list due to a lower body injury suffered on Saturday, Joe Veleno has been promoted for the second time this season. He had one goal and one assist in four appearances from Oct.30 to Nov.30. 6, winning both against the Maple Leafs, where he arrived after carpooling from Detroit to Toronto with general manager Steve Yzerman. Veleno, a 2018 first-round pick, started Monday’s game in place of Stephens between Carter Rowney and Sam Gagner.
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