DETROIT — Jonatan Berggren’s NHL debut was spoiled by the New York Rangers, who beat the Detroit Red Wings, 8-2, on Thursday night at Little Caesars Arena.
Joe Veleno and Lucas Raymond both scored for the Red Wings, who allowed six unanswered goals in the third period. Ville Husso made 25 saves in the loss.
“It was the same story as Buffalo,” captain Dylan Larkin said. “It just kept going in. We shot ourselves in the foot with errors and they capitalized on them.”
Berggren, who was Detroit’s 33rd overall puck in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, assisted on Veleno’s first-period goal to record his first career NHL point.
“We didn’t have a lot of pop and energy as a group, and he did,” head coach Derek Lalonde said about Berggren, who led the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins last season with 64 points (21–43–64) in 70 games. “He created some offense there with Joe. I think that line was good.”
Oskar Sundqvist, who missed the past seven games with an upper-body injury, returned to the lineup against the Rangers and registered 14:48 of ice time for Detroit (7-4-3).
During Thursday’s pregame warmups, Red Wings players wore camouflage jerseys and used camouflage-taped sticks, which are being auctioned off online from Nov. 10-17, with proceeds benefitting the Motor City Veterans Hockey Association (MCVHA).
NEXT UP: Detroit will kick off a four-game road trip on Saturday night when it faces the Los Angeles Kings at Crypto.com Arena.
New York 1, Detroit 0 (15:38, 1st period)
Mika Zibanejad, playing in his 700th career NHL game, extended his point streak to seven consecutive contests with the game-opening goal on Thursday night.
Detroit 1, New York 1 (18:46, 1st period)
The Red Wings tied the game when Veleno’s pass went to Berggren just below the blue line. Berggren carried the puck into the right faceoff circle, then set up Veleno for a shot in the slot that beat Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin. Olli Maatta also recorded an assist on Veleno’s second goal of the season.
Video: NYR@DET: Berggren gets first point on Veleno’s goal
Detroit 2, New York 1 (7:33, 2nd period)
After chasing down a loose puck along the wall, Larkin worked the puck to Raymond in the slot. Raymond, who quickly repositioned his body to receive the pass, converted a one-timer to put Detroit ahead.
Video: NYR@DET: Raymond buries one-timer for 2-1 lead in 2nd
New York 2, Detroit 2 (10:59, 2nd period)
Chris Kreider tipped in Artemi Panarin’s pass from above the right faceoff circle on a power play.
New York 3, Detroit 2 (6:01, 3rd period)
The Rangers reclaimed their lead when Adam Fox retreived the puck from off the boards and put a shot past Husso.
New York 4, Detroit 2 (7:23, 3rd period)
Panarin’s centering feed found Barclay Goodrow in front of Detroit’s net, who buried a quick backhanded move.
New York 5, Detroit 2 (8:13, 3rd period)
Zibanejad recorded his second tally of the night on a rebound near the Red Wings’ right post.
New York 6, Detroit 2 (8:58, 3rd period)
Julien Gauthiero found the back of the net 46 seconds later for his second goal of the season.
New York 7, Detroit 2 (12:47, 3rd period)
Libor Hajek, assisted by Filip Chytil and Alexis Lafreniere, scored on a shot from the point.
New York 8, Detroit 2 (16:31, 3rd period)
Jimmy Vesey’s second goal of the season capped the Rangers’ third-period scoring.
Lalonde on his postgame message
“I think it proves that if we are not exact or at the top of our game, we’re just not good enough. I don’t say that in a bad way. I think our guys know that. We’ve shown, when we’re at the top of our game, we can play with anybody.”
Larkin on mindset as the Red Wings embark on a four-game road trip
“We have to (forget about Thursday). We did a great job of it in Buffalo. That one stung. Guys were pissed off, but you have to forget about it. We got more injuries and hopefully some guys coming back on this trip. We gotta figure it out from within.”
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