Cholowski’s first NHL goal can’t prevent 3-2 OT Wings loss
Dylan Larkin reaches in on Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara during the second period of their season-opening game at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday, October 4.
One of the five Red Wings rookies making their NHL debut’s scored a goal, but the result was a season-opening loss.
Despite defenseman Dennis Cholowski’s first NHL tally, Detroit dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday night.
Artemi Panarin’s goal 2:11 into the overtime period gave Columbus the win.
Also making their NHL debuts were defensemen Libor Sulak and Filip Hronek along with forwards Michael Rasmussen and Christoffer Ehn. Defenseman Joe Hicketts, who also played, is officially a rookie after playing five games with the Wings last season.
Tyler Bertuzzi also scored for the Red Wings, and Dylan Larkin assisted on both goals. Jimmy Howard made 36 saves as Detroit was outshot 39-20.
“We had full control. We had plenty of opportunities and probably could’ve scored more, but Howard is a great goalie,” said the Blue Jackets’ Cam Atkinson.
Cholowski’s goal tied it 1-1, 7:46 into the middle period. He put a one-timer past Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo, off a backhand pass from Larkin in the right corner.
“It happened so fast,” Cholowski said. “… I saw him (Larkin) look over his shoulder and I gave him a quick look that I was wide open.”
But Cholowski’s turnover deep in the Blue Jacket zone as he tried to work his way into better position from the point - at the end of a power play led to the goal that gave Columbus a 2-1 lead with 6:54 remaining in the second. Josh Anderson put in a loose puck off a goal-mouth scramble after coming out of the penalty box.
But Detroit coach Jeff Blashill liked the way Cholowski bounced back from the miscue.
“I thought he really kept his poise after that,” Blashill said.
Bertuzzi’s power-play goal with 3:47 left in the second period tied the game 2-2. Larkin’s pass deflected off Bertuzzi and Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard and bounced into the net.
Atkinson’s power-play goal gave Columbus a 1-0 lead 5:10 into the game. Atkinson beat Howard with a one-timer from the right circle. It came 51 seconds after Bertuzzi went off for delay of game.
Briefly: Former Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg, who was forced to end his career due to a bad back, got a loud standing ovation when he was introduced to drop the puck for the ceremonial opening face-off.
… Before Thursday night, the last time the Red Wings featured five rookies in a season opener was in 1985-86. Making their NHL debuts that night were Hall of Famer Adam Oates, current Detroit assistant coach Doug Houda, Chris Cichocki, Tim Friday and Ray Staszak.