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Red Wings Squander Early 2-0 Lead in Loss to Blues

Rookie Edvinsson nets first NHL goal

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Red Wings rookie Simon Edvinsson scored his first NHL goal.

The Detroit Red Wings got two minutes for looking so good. And then it was back to your regularly-scheduled programming.

Leading 2-0 1:28 into the game, Detroit allowed the next four goals and lost 4-3 to the St. Louis Blues Thursday at Little Caesars Arena.

It’s the first time in five games that the Red Wings have scored more than two goals during regular play. Detroit has scored 29 goals over the past 14 games. The Wings are 3-10-1 over that 14-game span. Detroit was a 3-2 shootout winner Tuesday at St. Louis.

Red Wings Edvinsson Eventually Gets First NHL Goal

Playing his third NHL game, Detroit defenseman Simon Edvinsson potted his first NHL goal. His point shot took a deflection off the skate of Blues defenseman Justin Faulk and past St. Louis goalie Joel Hofer just 38 seconds after the opening faceoff.

Originally the goal was credited to Detroit forward Matt Luff, who was jostling with Faulk in front of the net. Eventually, the official scoring change was made. Fortunately, Red Wings center Pius Suter had taken the initiative to make the puck retrieval for Edvinsson.

Former Blues defenseman Jake Walman would be making it 2-0 at the 1:28 mark of the opening frame. And then it was St. Louis taking over the game.

Hellberg Gets Start, Doesn’t Finish

It was 2-1 after one period, and then the Blues just kept on scoring. Making back-to-back starts for the first time with the Red Wings, goalie Magnus Hellberg got the hook 7:20 into the second period when Sammy Blais made it 3-2 for St. Louis. He ended up allowing three goals on 13 shots for a .769 save percentage.

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Called up from AHL Grand Rapids following an injury to Ville Husso, Alex Nedeljkovic came in to see his first NHL action since Dec. 8. He was greeted by a Jake Neighbours breakaway goal to make it 4-2 on the first shot he faced.

With the goalie out, Alex Chiasson scored his fifth goal in 10 games with the Red Wings. Unfortunately, that hung the loss on Nedeljkovic.