Once upon a time, there was some concern among some in the Detroit Red Wings fan base when it came to Michael Rasmussen. Taken ninth overall in 2017, it was envisioned that Rasmussen would be a big presence, wreaking havoc on the ice and in front of the net.
It took some time, but if the 4-3 victory over Montreal is any indication, let the Michael Rasmussen show begin.
“Ras is playing like a very confident player right now,” Lalonde told Trevor Thompson on Bally Sports Detroit. “It’s an unbelievable play. Two points. But that’s a confident, logistical finish in overtime.”
Rasmussen Rising for Red Wings
It was a season ago that Rasmussen vowed to play better hockey for Detroit. Look no further than Thursday’s game. Rasmussen starts the Red Wings scoring with a nifty move that ended up in the back of the net for his ninth goal of the season.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) January 27, 2023
The end of the game was only fitting with Rasmussen taking a feed from Seider, using some more fancy stick work, and finding Robby Fabbri for the game winner.
Two points on the scoresheet, but more importantly, a message to many that patience with prospects does indeed pay off.
Seider Continues to Rack up Points
It’s one thing to be considered a home run draft pick. It’s another to deliver and continue to build on it. In the win over Montreal, Seider hit another impressive milestone.
That's another multi-point game for Moritz Seider. Will he eventually pass Nicklas Lidstrom on an esteemed list in @DetroitRedWings history?#NHLStats: https://t.co/W1vXOIfNTA pic.twitter.com/ZIXAYbhwrW
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 27, 2023
Just a game short of tying Red Wings legend Nicklas Lidstrom’s multi-point game record, Seider has until April 6 to even it out and potentially pass it. Not bad for the 2019 sixth overall pick who caught everyone off guard.
Seider’s impact in the 4-3 win over Montreal was felt from beginning to end, but none bigger than the play he made at the end. It was a slight pause over the blue line and then a patient pass to Rasmussen that would lead to the goal. It was Seider’s third assist of the night.
For some of the hand wringing and concern about Seider’s sophomore season, the 21-year-old has 11 points (1-10) in his last nine games.
Fabbri could only tip his cap to both Seider and Rasmussen on the play that would end with his game winning goal.
“A nice slip play by Mo. We work on that,” Fabbri said postgame on Bally Sports Detroit. “Ras, wow is he playing great. What a pass there. It’s an easy one to tap in but it felt good.”
It’s only fitting that the two who stood out most Thursday night would be out there together to seal the victory.