Firsts are proving to be foremost for a number of Detroit Red Wings prospects. They came while playing this weekend for the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins.
Saturday, defenseman Donovan Sebrango scored his first AHL goal. Just back from the cancelled World Junior Championship, which saw him scoring for Canada in the tourney opener, Sebgrango ended up tallying his initial AHL goal and it was the game winner in a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals.
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Taro Hirose netted a pair of goals, one of them off a Dan Renouf rebound. The Red Wings only returned Renouf to GR earlier in the day.
Friday, despite suiting up just 14 skaters – four below the limit – the Griffins beat the Admirals 5-4. Goalie Victor Brattstrom earned his first AHL win. He finished the night stopping 29 of 33 Admirals shots. Among the GR goal scorers was defenseman Seth Barton. It was his first AHL goal in just his ninth AHL game.
Around The NHL
Detroit: Skating on the second line with Pius Suter and Robby Fabbri, Vladislav Namestnikov continues to be carrying a hot hand for the Red Wings
Boston: At Little Caesars for a Sunday afternoon tilt against the Red Wings, the Bruins were fashioning a comeback win Saturday over the Buffalo Sabres.
However, the Boston Bruins will be arriving in Detroit minus forward Karson Kuhlman. He’s entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.
Florida: The Panthers took advantage of a Montreal lineup missing a dozen players to whip the Canadiens 5-2.
Washington: The NHL now has two Johansen brothers. Both Ryan of the Nashville Predators and Lucas of the Capitals can say they’ve beaten the Red Wings this season. Lucas made his NHL debut in Washington’s 3-1 New Year’s Eve win at LCA.
Calgary: Looking back at how undrafted defenseman Mark Giordano became a Norris Trophy winner and captain of the Flames.
Vegas: Veteran forward Max Pacioretty has undergone wrist surgery and is out indefinitely for the Golden Knights.