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The Detroit Red Wings could not overcome a hat trick from Patrik Laine as they fell to the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Saturday. The Blue Jackets ended a 10-game road losing streak with the victory.
Why it Matters
The Red Wings have been struggling to put together a string of wins this season, and this loss exemplifies that struggle. Despite a late push in the third period, the Red Wings could not overcome a 4-0 deficit, and the hat trick from Laine proved too much for the team to handle.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Blue Jackets By the Numbers
- Patrik Laine scored his 10th NHL hat trick. He is the fourth NHL player with at least ten hat tricks since 2016-17.
- Olli Maatta, Jake Walman, and Lucas Raymond scored in the third period for the Red Wings.
- Ville Husso made 21 saves for the Red Wings.
- Elvis Merzlikins made 25 saves for the Blue Jackets.
What They're Saying
"It's frustrating because we win two or three and then have a game like tonight" - Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin on the team's struggles to string together wins.
"Give Laine credit, those were three world-class finishes. He's one of the best finishers in the world, but we made it too easy for him. We gave him so much time and space and it obviously burned us" - Detroit coach Derek Lalonde on Laine's hat trick.