The young Detroit Red Wings players on the roster are starting to make a case for themselves for this coming season, as they’ve been holding their own against some of the better players in the NHL. A Detroit roster again chocked full of youth steamrolled to a 6-1 victory over a Pittsburgh Penguins team highlighted by the likes of Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist.
Dylan Larkin, who earned the third star of the game, put up a goal in the first period on the power play to give Detroit a 2-0 lead after Tyler Bertuzzi scored his first for Detroit. Teemu Pulkkinen put in another power play marker with 1:49 remaining in the period to give Detroit a commanding 3-0 lead.
Drew Miller scored the lone goal of the second period, assisted by Grand Rapids Griffins-likelies Brian Lashoff and Nick Jensen.
Detroit took a big 4-0 lead into the third period, and Pulkkinen struck again just 1:08 into the frame to extend their lead to 5. Beau Bennett finally got Pittsburgh on the board halfway through the third, making it 5-1 Detroit. Larkin would get his second of the night in the closing moments of the game, potting it with 10 seconds left in the third. Jimmy Howard played the entire game and finished with 34 saves and a .971 save percentage. Pulkkinen received the first star of the night, ahead of Bertuzzi and Larkin respectively.
It’s looking more and more like the Red Wings are going to have some tough decisions to make about their roster as we get closer to the start of the season. Many players are no longer waiver-exempt and will be exposed to other teams if they have to be sent down to Grand Rapids.
The Red Wings will host the Boston Bruins Saturday night at Joe Louis for preseason game number four.