The Detroit Red Wings took care of business against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night in comeback fashion, overcoming a 2-0 deficit to eventually come out on top 3-2 in overtime. With the win, the Red Wings remain undefeated in the 2018 pre-season with a perfect 6-0 record.
The overtime hero was none other than forward Filip Zadina, who blasted home his second goal of the pre-season after being fed by Luke Glendening. Zadina’s one-timer beat goaltender Jaroslav Halak glove-side to complete Detroit’s comeback just 24 seconds into overtime.
After falling behind by a 2-0 score following goals by David Pastrnak and Lee Stempniak, the Red Wings got on the scoreboard courtesy of a Gus Nyquist power play goal, cutting Boston’s lead in half. Nyquist would then assist on the tying goal, scored by defenseman Dennis Cholowski (also his second goal of the pre-season). With 22:10 of ice time, Cholowski led the Red Wings in ice time and continues to make his case to head coach Jeff Blashill that he should be left on the opening night roster come next week against the Columbus Blue Jackets. His poise and strong play during Detroit’s pre-season makes him a prime candidate to be one of the defensive prospects to replace Mike Green, who is currently battling a virus and is out for the start of the regular season.
Fans might have to wait to see Filip Zadina make his official NHL debut, however, as Blashill hinted earlier before Detroit’s matchup against Boston that Zadina could start the season with Detroit’s AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids to get more playing time.
Goaltender Jonathan Bernier made 21 saves for the Red Wings. They’ll conclude the pre-season with two more games this Friday and Saturday, both against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The first game will be in Toronto, while the second will be at Little Caesars Arena.