On the surface, the latest Detroit Red Wings setback felt painful. A hard-fought game Saturday afternoon at Dallas saw Detroit fall 3-2 when Stars defenseman Nils Lundkvist scored in the final minute of overtime.
For the 10th straight time, the Wings dropped a game at Dallas. Over that span, the Red Wings have been outscored 42-18.
However, this loss enabled Detroit to complete a four-game road trip featuring contests against three elite NHL teams with a 2-1-1 record. There aren’t many clubs that would be coming home unhappy from such a journey.
“Really good trip,” Red Wings forward David Perron told Bally Sports Detroit. “Those are things you look at.”
The Wings won in Tampa Bay against the three-time reigning Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning. They took a point off the Stars, currently tied for the lead in the Central Division. The only loss was a 5-1 drubbing handed the Wings by the Florida Panthers, last season’s Presidents’ Trophy winners.
“We probably had one of our tougher performances compete-wise in Florida,” Perron said. “We bounced back and had a good game. Didn’t get the result, but good trip overall.”
Red Wings Perron Hits Milestone
Playing his 1,000th NHL game, Perron scored to make it 2-2 in the final minute of the second period when he tipped a Ben Chiarot point shot past Dallas goalie Jake Oettinger.
“Just a lucky bounce,” Perron said. “I’m going to the net, I’m not trying to do anything. I feel it go off my stick and in the net somehow.”
Dylan Larkin gave Detroit a 1-0 lead in the first period. Despite the loss, Perron felt that the focus should be on the overall output from the four-game trek.
“I thought we competed really good as a group,” Perron said. “Five on five, we’re a really good team. We’re gonna start expecting more and more out of ourselves the more we perform like this.”
Facts And Observations
- Perron joined Patrice Bergeron, Josh Bailey, Evgeni Malkin, Brent Burns and Jeff Carter as active players who scored in their 1,000th NHL game
- Perron is the fourth NHLer to hit the 1,000-game plateau this season, following Patrick Kane, Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds
- Larkin opened the scoring for the fifth game this season. Only John Tavares (six) of the Toronto Maple Leafs have done so more often during the 2022-23 campaign
- Perron has collected 13 points in his last 13 games (4-9-13)
- The Red Wings haven’t lost back-to-back games in regulation since Nov. 10-12 (8-2 to New York Rangers; 4-3 at Los Angeles Kings)