Red Wings make it close, but lose to Pittsburgh, 5-3
The Red Wings made it interesting, but their skid continues.
Detroit lost 5-3 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night at Little Caesars Arena to run their losing streak to 11 games (0-9-2). At least they made things close at the end.
With the Wings down 4-1 in the third period, Filip Hronek scored with seven minutes left and Dylan Larkin got a 6-on-4 power-play goal (power play plus goalie Eric Comrie pulled for the extra attacker) with 3:04 left to make it 4-3.
But the Red Wings were called for a too many men on the ice with 1:46 left while trying to get Comrie off the ice again for the extra attacker. Detroit still pulled Comrie at the first opportunity, but John Marino’s empty-net goal with less than 10 seconds left clinched it for Pittsburgh.
“We just gotta keep competing, keep working,” Luke Glendening said. “I see a lot of things in our game I like. I’m proud of the way this group competed. I’m proud of the way we worked. Obviously disappointed in the score. We gotta find a way to get some dirty goals. It’s coming.”
Since Anthony Mantha was injured against the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 23 – and including that game – the Red Wings have been outscored 33-8 in seven games. And only five players – Robby Fabbri (three goals), Glendening, Larkin (two goals), Taro Hirose (who has since been demoted to Grand Rapids in the American Hockey League) and Hronek – have scored.
Getting three goals “is important because scoring matters, especially after we've got this stretch without scoring at all,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “It's a boost to our confidence that we could score and ultimately make this a tight game.”
Fabbri scored and had an assist, Larkin also had an assist and Jonathan Bernier made 19 saves before being relieved by Comrie with 10:38 remaining in the game. Comrie, who was was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes for defense prospect Vili Saarjarvi a little more than a week ago, stopped all four shots he faced.
Fabbri’s power-play goal 6:02 into the period – his seventh of the season and sixth with Detroit – put the Red Wings on the board and closed the gap to 2-1. But Evgeni Malkin’s goal 4:40 later restored the Penguins’ two-goal lead.
It was Malkin’s 399th career goal, and he added two assists. Jake Guentzel also had a goal and two assists for the Penguins.
Dominik Kahun’s goal 1:38 into the third period made it 4-1.
Pittsburgh led 2-0 after the first period on goals by Guentzel (5:37) and Chad Ruhewedel (2:36 left in the period).
Tyler Bertuzzi blocked a shot and limped off the ice while the Detroit net was empty in the final seconds. Blashill said there was no update on Bertuzzi after the game.