The Detroit Red Wings began the day shaken and ended up dropping a point in stirring fashion.
A 5-4 overtime loss the Seattle Kraken Thursday night at Little Caesars Arena was the latest wound to go with the team’s moves of the previous 24 hours.Oliver Bjorkstrand’s power-play goal at 3:33 of the extra session was the deciding tally. It was his second goal of the game.
Trading away veteran defenseman Filip Hronek and forward Tyler Bertuzzi, two key elements of the team’s core, left the club in an emotionally shaken state.
“I’m not going to lie to you guys,” Detroit captain Dylan Larkin was saying earlier in the day. “You can see it. It’s really difficult right now. It’s gonna be hard but we’re gonna have to come to the rink tonight and forget about it. Not totally, but I’m gonna have to come back and play a hockey game.”
Red Wings, Kraken Trading Tallies
For 40 minutes, the Red Wings and Kraken were trading chances and trading goals. A scoreless third period followed 40 minutes of frenzied goal getting.
Seattle’s Jared McCann set the tone for the night when he was opening the scoring at the 1:12 mark of the first period. After Ben Chiarot tied it, the Kraken were grabbing a 3-1 lead on goals by Bjorkstrand with his first and then McCann with his second of the night.
Recalled earlier in the day from the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins, Adam Erne tipped in a Moritz Seider point shot to narrow Detroit’s disadvantage to 3-2.
Jonatan Berggren’s goal, his first point in seven games, sent Kraken starting goalie Martin Jones to the shower and made it 3-3. Seattle regained the lead on Jaden Schwartz’s goal, only to see Jake Walman net an unassisted tally to bring Detroit even again at 4-4.
By getting the game to overtime, the Red Wings assured that they wouldn’t be losing four in a row in regulation for the first time this season. However, they did surrender five goals for the third successive game for the first time this season.