Red Wings fall 5-4 to Blues in OT after rallying to lead in 3rd
St. Louis’ Zach Sanford watches the puck go in the net past Detroit goaltender Jonathan Bernier in the first period Sunday.
The Red Wings lost their eighth straight after being tantalized by visions of a comeback win to snap the skid.
But it was not to be.
Detroit lost 5-4 in overtime to the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues Sunday at Little Caesars Arena after scoring three goals in the third period to lead 4-3 with less than five minutes left.
But the Wings took a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty with 4:41 left in regulation. And it only took Ryan O’Reilly 23 seconds to tie the game 4-4, with his second goal of the contest, and send it into overtime.
“Ultimately, it’s my bench, I’m responsible for it,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “… Gotta know who we’re changing for. We got players on the bench, we got coaches on the bench, there’s no way you can end up with a too-many-men. We’ve taken a couple here now, that’s a joke. There’s no possible way that that can happen at that point. So ultimately that’s my responsibility, so I’ll take responsibility for it.”
And 1:28 into the five-minute OT period, David Perron beat Jonathan Bernier from the left circle to give the Blues the win and the Red Wings another loss.
“It (the third) was our best period in a while, something to build off of,” Dylan Larkin said. “We don’t like the too-many-men penalty. That’s just a mental error in an emotional game. It cost us. We got a point and we had our best period in a long time. All four lines were rolling, so we gotta pick up from that.”
Detroit trailed 3-1 after two periods, but Larkin made it 3-2 just 1:44 into the third and Valtteri Filppula tied it 3-3, 4:16 later. Tyler Bertuzzi gave the Wings a 4-3 lead with 8:09 left in regulation.
Larkin and Bertuzzi had a goal and an assist each and Filip Hronek also scored. Bernier made 15 saves.
Brayden Schenn's power-play goal gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead 2:07 into the game. Zach Sanford made it 2-0 at 7:26.
Hronek put the Red Wings on the board, making it 2-1, with a power play goal 10:04 into the second period. It was Hronek's second goal and broke Detroit's 127:39 scoreless streak.
But O'Reilly restored the Blues' two-goal cushion 1:35 later.
O’Reilly also had two assists and Perron added three assists as the pair had four points each.