Red Wings lose 4-3 to Senators, thanks to second-period lapse
Ottawa left wing Anthony Duclair scores on Jonathan Bernier during the first period Tuesday.
A bad stretch of the second period doomed the Red Wings on Tuesday night.
Detroit lost 4-3 to the Ottawa Senators at Little Caesars Arena when it allowed three goals in a 5:22 span of the middle period.
That outburst gave Ottawa a 4-2 lead.
“We were terrible in the second period,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “We came out and played fairly good in the first; it was a weird period. We played obviously real good in the third, but it was too late. You can’t come out and have that period in the second.”
Anthony Mantha’s team-leading 12th goal of the season made it a one-goal game with 2:46 left and goaltender Jonathan Bernier pulled for the extra attacker. The Wings outshot the Senators 16-3 in the third period.
Valtteri Filppula had a goal and an assist, and Robby Fabbri scored his third goal in six games with the Red Wings since being obtained from the St. Louis Blues. He also has four assists. Defenseman Filip Hronek had two assists in his return from missing two games with a leg injury.
Bernier made 29 saves.
Detroit led 2-1 after the second period. But Anthony Duclair got his second goal of the game – to go along with an assist – five minutes into the middle period to tie it at 2. He came in off right wing on defenseman Mike Green, cut towards the slot and beat Bernier with a shot along the ice. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored on a breakaway with the teams playing 4-on-4 57 seconds later, and Brady Tkachuk scored off a feed from Duclair at 10:22.
“The one, there was stuff going around our bench on the Duclair goal and we got involved and stopped playing a little bit,” Blashill said. “And it put Greenie in a tough spot. Now Duclair is coming a hundred miles an hour on him. The 4-on-4 is a turnover, and then it becomes a foot race. We lost the foot race. They outplayed us in the second big time.”
Duclair gave the Senators a 1-0 lead 3:08 into the game with his first goal of the night.
Fabbri tied it at 9:57 of the first when his shot from the right circle trickled through Ottawa goalie Anders Nilsson and was accidentally kicked in by Ottawa’s Logan Brown. Filppula’s short-handed goal with 1:28 remaining in the opening period gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead. It was his third of the season.
Hronek appeared to tie it 34 seconds after Duclair’s first goal, but the Senators challenged the play was offside. Replays showed that Tyler Bertuzzi was offside along the right boards.
It was a happy homecoming for Ottawa coach D.J. Smith, who grew up in Windsor, regularly attended Red Wings games at Joe Louis Arena and played junior with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.
“We knew it was huge for his first game as a head coach in his hometown, so the boys really want to give him two points in front of his family,” Duclair said.
Green returned after missing a game for the birth of his second child but left with an upper-body injury.
… Darren Helms left after the second period with a lower-body injury.