Red Wings fall 3-2 to Wild, trade Jensen to Capitals
The Red Wings could not recover from yet another slow start.
Detroit’s third-period rally came up short in a 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Friday night at Little Caesars Arena.
Anthony Mantha’s power-play tally 3:06 into the third period, his 15th goal of the season, brought Detroit to within one, but the Wings could not get the equalizer. The closest they came is when Trevor Daley hit the crossbar with 3:35 left.
“You’re not going to keep coming back against the good teams in the NHL,” said Tyler Bertuzzi, who also got his 15th goal.
Dylan Larkin, who reached 200 career points, and Filip Hronek each had two assists and Jonathan Bernier made 32 saves. Jimmy Howard had the flu so Harri Sateri was brought up from AHL Grand Rapids to back up Bernier Friday night.
Minnesota scored twice in the last few minutes of the first period to take a 2-0 lead. Luke Kunin opened the scoring with 3:06 left in the opening period by putting in a rebound. Jordan Greenway scored from the slot with 1:07 left in the first to make it 2-0.
Bertuzzi made it 2-1, 1:35 into the second period when he tipped Hronek’s shot from the point out of the air and past Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk.
But Eric Staal’s power-play goal with 9:51 left in the middle period restored Minnesota’s two-goal lead. He put in a loose puck off a goal-mouth scramble.
“We weren’t engaged for the first period, first two periods,” Niklas Kronwall said. “ … For whatever reason, we decided not to play.”
Jensen dealt to Caps for Bowey and 2nd-round pick
The Red Wings on Friday sent defenseman Nick Jensen and a fifth-round pick in this year’s NHL Draft to the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals for defenseman Madison Bowey and a second-round pick in the 2020 draft.
“He was a young player we liked his draft year” – 2013, the same year Detroit selected Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi, Wings GM Ken Holland said about Bowey before the game. “He’s got good size at 6-2, and he’s a good skater.
“Things haven’t worked out in Washington in order for him to grab a big role there, but he’s played 85 games in the National Hockey League in the last two years, so we felt it was an opportunity to grab a young defenseman and see if we can spend some time with him and turn him into a regular NHL defender for us here in Detroit.”
Bowey, 23 and a right-handed shot, had a goal and five assists and was plus-3 in 33 games with the Capitals.
Detroit and Jensen, who was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent, were not close in contract negotiations approaching the trade deadline, which is 3 p.m. Monday. But it was announced that Jensen had agreed to a four-year extension worth $10 million with Washington only a couple of hours after the trade was reported.
“At the end of the conversation between Brian (Washington GM Brian MacLellan) and I, Brian said, ‘Do you mind if I reach out to his agent?’ ” Holland said. “And I said, ‘Do we have a deal?’ and he said, ‘Yeah, we have a deal.’ And I told him to go ahead.”
Jensen, 28, is playing for $850,000 this season. He had two goals and 15 points in 60 games with the Red Wings this season.
Zadina to make NHL debut Sunday
Blashill said that Filip Zadina, Detroit’s top pick (sixth overall) in last June’s draft, will be promoted from AHL Grand Rapids and will be in the lineup on Sunday when the Red Wings host the San Jose Sharks.
Zadina, 19, has 15 goals and 31 points in 45 games this season after the Griffins 4-3 shootout win over Texas on Friday night.
He will play a maximum of nine games in the NHL, so as not to burn the first year of his three-year entry-level contract. It counts as a full year if a player participates in 10 NHL games.
Rasmussen staying put
There was a possibility that rookie 19-year-old forward Michael Rasmussen could be sent back to his Junior team – Tri-City of the Western Hockey League – so he would be eligible to play for the Griffins in the AHL playoffs.
But Blashill said Rasmussen will remain in Detroit for the rest of the season.
“In the end, we felt like this was the best thing for his development,” Blashill said.
He added that among the factors were that Rasmussen would have to remain in Tri-City until its season was over (playoffs included), and there is no guarantee that Grand Rapids will go on a long playoff run.