The Detroit Red Wings attempted to snap an 0-3-and-1 road losing streak as they returned to Little Caesars Arena to host the St. Louis Blues.
The Red Wings snapped their losing skid against the tremendously tenacious Blues by a 4-2 score, but they mostly won because of 35 stops from Alex Nedeljkovic and key goals from Lucas Raymond, Dylan Larkin, Adam Erne and, in the end, Robby Fabbri as Detroit rallied from a 1-0 deficit and pushed to 2-1, surrendered the 3rd period lead, and pushed forth and forward under heavy bombardment from the Blues.
It was a rousing, raucous and wild win for the Wings, maybe a little TOO wild, but the Wings sit at 9-9-and-3 at American Thanksgiving, and that’s about as good as we could hope for.
The teams iced the following lineups…
Pregame line rushes unchanged from morning skate:
Kostin-Bozak-Sundqvist— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) November 25, 2021
Same on D:
Mikkola-Perunovich— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) November 25, 2021
The teams started the following players…
In the 1st period…
Fabbri, Suter and Zadina dialed in for their opening faceoff vs. the Tarasenko line, it was tied up and won by the Blues, who chipped and charged into Detroit’s zone…They cycled around the back boards, Fabbri fed the puck over to Seider, and Oesterle turned the puck over, with St. Louis firing a shot wide, regrouping, and forcing Nedeljkovic to make a fantastic stop on Buchnevich 35 seconds into the game;
Some 50 seconds in, the Wings changed lines, and Rasmussen intercepted a dump-in, cycled, circled the net, and fired a puck wide of the net. Namestnikov turned and swept it toward Husso, who let the net come off as he made the stop;
1:10 into the 1st, Rasmussen dialed in for the first in-game faceoff, lost it, and the Blues’ Perron line chipped,d chased, O’Reilly battled Leddy, who got hte puck loose for Rasmussen, he skated into the Blues’ zone, and Detroit tried to cycle, but Perron took over.
Detroit changed lines again some 1:50 into the 1st, and ST. Louis skated in 3 on 2, Faulk and Kyrou cycled, Bertuzzi could not stop the puck from going back to the point, and Krug was blocked off, affording Bertuzzi, Larkin and Raymond a push deep into the Blues’ zone, though only for a moment;
The Wings changed one more time 2:35 into the game, and Gagner came over the boards, but Bertuzzi remained on the ice as Veleno and Seider and Gagner all tried to clear the zone but failed. Oesterle and Seider eventually dumped the puck out to center, Givani Smith corralled the loose puck and fired a shot in on Husso, and at 3:16, all four lines had hit the ice.
As play continued…
St. Louis was really getting the better of the puck possession and rushes as Detroit looked plain old rusty, though Zadina did a nice job of forcing Husso to make a save 3:55 into the 1st;
Lindstrom and Oesterle worked together as the Wings essentially worked with 5 D;
5 minutes into the 1st, the shots were 3-2 Detroit, but St. Louis had the majority of the puck possession (still);
Veleno rushed into the Blues’ zone, cycled deep, with Smith going against the grain, but he was bumped off the puck by Scandella, Renouf got bumped off by Klim Kostin, and Detroit broke out some 6:40 into the 1st;
Both teams began to parry each other’s rushes some 7:15 into the 1st, playing a little “soccer hockey,” so the entertainment level went down considerably as both teams sort of shifted into passive play.
Detroit iced the puck twice 7:40 into the 1st, and the Blues generated a scoring chance off a bad defensive zone faceoff loss as a result;
Ultimately, Renouf sort of bounced around the lineup as the Wings looked for the right spot for him;
And a stupid penalty took place as Michael Rasmussen got suckered into taking a slashing penalty at 8:55, with Perron smiling as Rasmussen headed to the box after Perron’s stick made a loud “CLANG” as he dropped it.
On the penalty kill, the Red Wings won the initial defensive zone draw and cleared the zone;
St. Louis set up with 1:39 remaining, Perron cycled, and Suter stole the puck and chipped it in on Husso, who Suter skated in upon by snow showering him, forcing the Finnish goalie to hold onto the puck 31 seconds into the PK;
Veleno and Namestnikov worked together with Lindstrom and Hronek, and St. Louis charged into the wings’ zone, Krug fed Tarasenko, and he fanned on the one-timer, affording Detroit a clear and St. Louis set up at center;
Then Nedeljkovic made a nice stop on Saad, but Kyrou regrouped below the goal line, fed Buchnevich standing between 3 Red Wings, and Buchnevich fired a slinky shot through traffic, scoring the 1-0 goal.
The Kyrou-Buchnevich connection strikes again and the #stlblues take the first lead of the night.
Stream: https://t.co/B0nrAh4Wh9 pic.twitter.com/SF7DIWfHeG— Bally Sports Midwest (@BallySportsMW) November 25, 2021
Buchnevich scored from Kyrou and Saad at 10:11. 1-0, PPG.
The post-goal shift yielded a shot against as the Wings’ defensive coverage was pretty bad off the top line as well.
Veleno’s line took over after the TV timeout at 10:55, at which time the Red Wings were leading in shots 6-5 and attempts 9-7.
As play continued, and the 12-minute mark hit, Fabbbri gave up a horrific turnover to Parayko, who skated in and sent a shot in on Nedeljkovic, but he made a good stop, and Buchnevich fed Tarasenko on the next rush for another shot that Ned stopped.
Thomas got a high shot off on Nedeljkovic on the 3rd Blues rush in a row, and the Red Wings looked very, very passive.
The Rasmussen line at least was trying to cycle down low and use the boards to their advantage as they cycled deep with 6:45 remaining, and Leddy fired a nice shot in on Husso, but Hronek had to come back to bail out Leddy vs. Barbashev;
Then Dylan Larkin fed Bertuzzi at the defensive blueline, Bertuzzi, falling at center, slid the puck through THREE BLUES, and Lucas Raymond fired a slinky little shot through Ville Husso to score his 20th point and make it 1-1 at 13:48.
With goal tonight, rookie Lucas Raymond becomes second Red Wings teenager to collect his first 20 career points in 21 contests or fewer. The other? Steve Yzerman (17 games, 1983-84).— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) November 25, 2021
Raymond rushed in and scored the 1-1 goal at 13:48 from Bertuzzi and Larkin.
On the post-goal shift, Joe Veleno did a fine job of rushing in himself, forcing Husso to stop him, and Smith got a good chance in as well;
The Rasmussen line did a FANTASTIC job of checking Kyrou, Thomas and Buchnevich around 15:30 into the period, stifling their slot passes;
Suter deked and dangled working with Oesterle, Erne and Namestnikov, and while nothing came of the play, aided by Seider, the Red Wings looked smart and steady all of a sudden some 16:35 into the 1st;
Detroit really got down and dirty defensively in their own zone, battling and bumping the Blues, and it was good to see the Wings really take over in terms of their possession, control, and compete level some 18:10 into the 1st;
Jordan Oesterle made a really smart play as the Wings changed, chipping the puck out of trouble himself in the defensive zone;
Husso had to stop Hronek with the blocker with 53.3 left in the 1st, tying the shots at 11-11;
With 53.3 left in the 1st, Detroit won a draw, lost possession, regrouped at center, and Erne skated in, looped around the Blues defenseman, and fired a sneaky shot backhanded but wide of the net;
Larkin’s line took over with 39 left, Bertuzzi and Larkin cycled, but O’Reilly was blocked off, Larkin fed Raymond, who should have shot the puck, and the Wings got the puck loose in the slot, with Nick Leddy and Raymond unable to beat the Blues’ shot blockers before the 1st period expired time-wise…
And that was the first period of play for you.
In the 2nd period…
Bertuzzi, Larkin and Raymond’s line started the 2nd period opposite Robert Thomas & company, and Detroit won the opening draw between Seider and Oesterle, who set up, surrendered control off Seider’s skate, Krug cycled to Faulk, and he was stopped by Nedeljkovic at 18 seconds of the 2nd period.
St. Louis came out of the chute in the 2nd period very aggressive, and Nedeljkovic had to make a HUGE stop on Kyrou off a turnover by Hronek and Leddy in the defensive zone;
St. Louis’ forecheck was excellent, but Bertuzzi flipped the puck out to center ice and the Wings changed some 1:18 into the 2nd, very necessarily so, and Fabbri played the puck into St. Louis’ zone, but Husso and Parayko took over…
Renouf made a good stop on Barbashev, and Zadina, Suter and Fabbri were stood up by the Blues at their blueline as Jusso Nikkola hit Fabbri roughly;
Nedeljkovic made a fantastic stop on Sundqvist once (off a pass from Klim Kostin), then twice, off a shitty turnover from Oesterle, who was not holding up his end of the bargain with Seider;
Seider had to regroup at center and made a great play to regroup at center ice, but the Wings went offside as Seider slinked into the Blues’ zone.
Larkin, Bertuzzi and Raymond then had a good shift into the Blues’ zone some 3:55 into the 2nd, and Veleno, Gagner and Smith followed it up with a great shift of their own 4-and-change minutes into the 2nd;
The Blues were, for lack of a better term, crafty, however, and their veteran plays were so damn smart that they backed Detroit into their own zone, with Seider and Oesterle having a really rough shift with the Erne-Rasmussen-Namestnikov line 6 minutes into the 2nd.
Detroit got backed in, Sundqvist, Scandella, Thomas & company really, really dominated.
Bozak fed Buchnevich but Pius Suter made a GREAT backcheck to stifle the 2-on-1 6:45 into the 2nd;
Perunovich deked, dangled and dizzyingly skated into the Wings’ zone, but Seider and Oesterle stifled him;
Fabbri, Suter and Zadina cycled deep with 12:18 left in the 2nd, and as the puck came off the side boards, and Fabbri’s side boards shot off Ville Husso bounced off Filip Zadina and into the slot, where Dylan Larkin was lurking, coming off the bench early to replace Pius Suter. Bang bang, 2-1 Detroit.
Larkin scored the 2-1 goal at 7:45 from Fabbri and Zadina.
On the post-goal shift, the Blues gave some particularly severe resistance to Raymond, Larkin and Bertuzzi, but Leddy helped them cycle deep, Raymond fed Bertuzzi for a slinky shot that slithered wide of the net, and the rebound was tipped on Husso with 11:09 left in the 2nd, ushering in a TV timeout.
When play resumed, Raymond, Namestnikov and Erne were backed in off an icing call, and St. Louis really worked the puck around the end boards, but Detroit was able to chip and chase, and when St. Louis cycled again, Detroit was savvy to their tricks.
Givani Smith was really having a headsy game as well, causing all sorts of trouble for the Blues on the 4th line.
The shots in the 2nd period were actually 5-2 St. Louis some 10:13 into the period.
When play resumed after the TV timeout, Raymond skated into the offensive zone and made a nice play, but St. Louis ERASED everything with a great rush into Detroit’s zone, and Husso’s puckhandling stifled an icing…
Only to allow Bertuzzi, Larkin and Raymond to slither a rebound of a shot through Husso, who let the puck bounce off the back boards, roll through his pads, and pop out front.
On the next shift, Givani Smith generated offense, working with Suter and Zadina for a moment, but the Wings iced the puck, and Parayko ended up getting a decent scoring chance opposite the Suter line and Renouf and Lindstrom as a result.
Ryan O’Reilly got another shot off on Nedeljkovic from the blueline, and it should be noted that the Blues were slowly but surely piling up the shots, leading 16-13;
Gagner fed Zadina for a TREMENDOUS CHANCE on the FOURTH LINE and HUSSO made a beautiful stop to keep the game 2-1…MUCH TO THE FRUSTRATION of the UNLUCKY Zadina.
On the next shift, 13 minutes into the 2nd period, Bertuzzi, Larkin and Raymond cycled deep, surrendered possession, and Tarasenko and Thomas were stopped at center, Bertuzzi barreled into the zone, Hronek helped keep the puck in, was dumped by Thomas, and Raymond tied up Tarasenko without taking a penalty, stifling a 3-on-2 against.
Nedeljkovic then made a big stop on Schenn off a really rough portion of play where the Wings were backed into their zone by St. Louis, who could seemingly make something out of nothing.
It should be noted that Filip Zadina was demoted to the Veleno-Gagner line, with Givani Smith playing right wing with Suter and Fabbri.
When play resumed after a TV timeout, St. Louis led in shots 20-14 with 5:30 left in the 2nd, and St. Louis cycled deep, Perron, O’Reilly and Krug attacked the Wings’ net, and Seider and Oesterle had their hands full;
Parayko and Tarasenko joined the fray, cycled, circled, Perunovich fed the puck to the blueline as the Blues changed their in the offensive zone, and Detroit iced it with 4:16 remaining.
With most of the play in the Red Wings’ zone, Detroit looked like it was going to surrender a tying goal before the 2nd period ended…
Justin Faulk RACED in from the point off a bad Larkin defensive faceoff draw loss, and Faulk launched the puck high over the goal trying to top-shelf it over Nedeljkovic with 3:12 remaining;
Veleno, Zadina and Gagner had better luck, battling the puck deep and cycling to the point, where Renouf and Lindstrom helped kick the puck deep again, once, off a regroup, twice;
Scandella and Sundqvist tried to set up a linemate on a 3-on-2 as well, but Pius Suter did a great job of blocking a slot pass with 2:13 remaining;
And when Scott Perunovich HOME RUN PASSED to O’Reilly, racing in ALONE, Nedeljkovic made a GORGEOUS GLOVE STOP to keep the Wings up 2-1.
Rasmussen, Erne and Namestnikov then worked quite well together in the offensive zone with 1:28 remaining, cycling deep and working the point into their excellent down low game, but O’Reilly came back to make a tremendous defensive stop in the slot;
With a minute remaining, Raymond, Larkin and Bertuzzi came over the boards, Oesterle and Larkin kept the puck deep, Bertuzzi NAILED Mikkola, and the Blues chipped and chased into the Wings’ zone, Larkin cleared to the line, but Faulk and Thomas cycled, Larkin stole the puck, and play expired as Saad tipped the puck in and Nedeljkovic came out to move the puck…
And Brayden Schenn challenged Tyler Bertuzzi to a fight, while Raymond and Krug chatted less than amicably at the end of the 2nd period.
In the 3rd period…
Detroit began the 3rd period by starting the Larkin line with Seider and Oesterle, and the puck was dumped down ice off the faceoff for an icing call.
Larkin drew in for the defensive zone draw 8 seconds into the 3rd period, opposite Thomas, and the Blues won the draw, cycled vs. Oesterle, who stole the puck, and Larkin skated up to the Blues’ blueline.
Oesterle grabbed another stolen puck, chipped and afforded Detroit a chase and another cycle, and Rasmussen and Fabbri came over the boards, as did Hronek and Leddy.
Fabbri tried to “home run pass” himself behind the Blues’ defense, but his foray did not work;
Sadly, Rasmussen lost the draw, Parayko worked the puck down to Perunovich, and Perron slid the puck off Nedeljkovic from the side of the net and the puck trickled into the net to tie the game at 2-2.
David Perron scored the game-tying 2-2 goal at 1:11 from Perunovich and Kyrou;
UPDATE: Joe Veleno (upper body injury) will not return.— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) November 25, 2021
Pius Suter hit the goalpost…
Detroit rushed and battled for possession and got a couple of shots off on Husso as I typed in the goal-scoring stuff, but the Blues stood firm some 3 minutes into the 3rd period;
On a 2-on-1, Oesterle did a GOOD JOB of forcing Justin Faulk to fire the puck wide of the net instead of passing the puck to his teammate by diving and blocking with his skate;
Leddy, Larkin, Bertuzzi and Raymond cycled hard, forced the Blues into an icing at 3:51, after Bertuzzi got smeared by Parayko…
And the Blues won the deep defensive zone draw, cleared the puck into the Wings’ zone, chased, and forced Rasmussen, who was not having a good night in the faceoff circle, to re-set at center.
Leddy was having a good game, and he fed Suter, Suter found Namestnikov, he slid the puck back to Adam Erne in the high, high slot, and Erne fired the puck into the top shelf as Suter screened Ville Husso to make it 3-2.
It’s Adam Erne tallying his third of the season with a sneaky wrister from just inside the blue line, giving the @DetroitRedWings the lead! #LGRW pic.twitter.com/8t1g6Xrcvz— Bally Sports Detroit (@BallySportsDET) November 25, 2021
Erne scored at 4:38 from Namestnikov to make it 3-2.
St. Louis came right back in terms of working the puck into the offensive zone, and Detroit was VERY LOOSE DEFENSIVELY, so Tarasenko sent a shot off the goalpost;
Raymond, Larkin and Bertuzzi worked the 3-on-2 the other way, Oesterle came in and fired a Perron-like shot in on Husso, that was stopped;
Erne, Namestnikov and Rasmussen took the next shift, ground it out vs. O’Reilly and Krug, but St. Louis skated out of trouble, cycled deep in the Wings’ zone, regrouped at center, and skated right back into Detroit’s zone, where Leddy watched SCANDELLA AND THE BLUES BLAST A FLURRY OF SHOTS TOWARD NEDELJKOVIC, WHO STOPPED THEM ALL.
When play resumed, Detroit lost ANOTHER defensive zone draw, and NEDELJKOVIC MADE ANOTHER REMARKABLE STOP off a Blues shot after the GOALPOST helped him stop the first one…
St. Louis led in shots 28-20 with 12 minutes remaining, but Nedeljkovic was committing grand larceny.
Sadly, Perron dove in front of the net, forcing Jordan Oesterle to take an interference call with 11:08 left in the 3rd.
Detroit cleared the zone once, tried to clear it twice, and Gagner skated in deep but was stopped by Husso;
St. Louis regrouped, skated deep, Nedeljkoivc was blocked by O’Reilly, Krug fed O’Reilly for a shot, and Nedeljkovic stopped the shot, and Lindstrom cleared the zone;
Perron, O’Reilly and Krug played the puck back to Thomas, he raced into the Wings’ zone with 45 left in the PK, Seider battled as did Suter, and the Blues could not keep the puck in the zone;
Perunovich set up, Datsyuk Dropped to Kyrou, he was chased by Leddy, Hronek chipped the puck down ice, and 15 seconds remained in the PP as the Blues chugged to center, Buchnevich fed Kyrou, to Schenn, and Bertuzzi found Larkin, Larkin fed Oesterle, and Larkin’s pass fluttered…
As did a shot by Bertuzzi as the PENALTY WAS KILLED.
Detroit’s Larkin line at least generated some momentum with 8 minutes remaining in regulation, but Detroit was under siege defensively, and Seider was having a rough go working with Oesterle…
So Nedeljkovic made another fantastic stop, and Seider got caught cross-checking a Blue at 12:45, yielding another pivotal penalty-kill.
On the penalty-kill, the Blues won the draw, cycled down low to O’Reilly, he fed Krug, and Krug blasted a heavy shot over the net and into the netting…
Suter took the next draw, lost it, and Krug’s shot was tipped, but stopped by Nedeljkovic and cleared;
Krug set up, skated up, chipped, O’Reilly fed a teammate on the back boards, Perron jabbed, O’Reilly jabbed, Tarasenko fed the point, Saad screened, Taransenko looked, and Nedeljkovic stood on the goal line.
The penalty-kill continued with Kyrou dumping Gagner, Perunovich dekeing and dangling down low, the Blues cycling, and Suter stole the puck from Thomas, but Gagner could not take advantage;
Oesterle just missed springing Gagner for a breakaway as well;
Thomas raced in, Kyrou button-hooked, Perunovich fed Kyrou, to Thomas, to Schenn, stifled by Nedeljkovic, up came Namestnikov with Hronek, and a bad pass yielded a deke and dangle and a HUGE stop by Nedeljkovic on Buchnevich.
St. Louis was out-shooting Detroit 13-7 in the 3rd and 35-21 overall with 4:35 remaining…
Detroit lost their defensive zone draw, but the Blues pushed the puck out to center ice, and regrouped;
Nedeljkovic made a nice, easy glove save on Justin Faulk with 4:16 remaining;
Suter worked with Erne and Namestnikov as the Wings went down to 3 lines sans Veleno, and they fit together well;
St. Louis changed with 3:33 left, Detroit did the same thing, and St. Louis charged into the offensive zone, was checked, and Namestnikov, Gagner and Rasmussen then worked together off a scattershot change…
Rasmussen was bumped off the puck, and Barbashev iced the puck with 2:51 left in the 3rd…
The Larkin line came out, and Raymond was fed by Larkin for a fine shot that slinked wide of the net;
Seider helped the trio contain the puck in the offensive and then neutral zones, but Detroit chipped and changed with 2:10 remaining…
Perron chipped deep, Husso headed out of the net…
With the goaltender pulled, Krug fed O’Reilly, to Tarasenko it went, he shot wide, Krug set up, fed Buchnevich, Perron to Krug, to Tarasenko, to the slot, chipped out by Fabbri, he was held up, Hronek fed the puck deep, Fabbri flipped the puck toward the net and IT BOUNCED OFF THE GOALPOST AND HIT THE NET ITSELF.
Fabbri scored from Hronek at 18:45 to make it 4-2.
Husso left again with 1 minute remaining, Schenn fired a hard shot wide, Rasmussen took the puck, looked for help, Namestnikov and Gagner could not clear, the Blues skated in and NEDELJKOVIC stopped another Blues shot…
St. Louis regrouped at center with 30 seconds left, pushed into the Wings’ zone, and Seider and Oesterle could not clear as Namestnikov was hacked in the face, sans call…
But time ran out on the Blues.
We hear from Robby Fabbri after he gets a goal and an assist in a 4-2 Red Wings victory over the Blues on Wednesday night. #LGRW pic.twitter.com/34SXBpP1IY— Bally Sports Detroit (@BallySportsDET) November 25, 2021