DETROIT – Alex Nedeljkovic made 35 saves for the Detroit Red Wings, which ended a four-game slip with a 4-2 win over St. Louis. Louis Blues at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday.
“It’s one of those games where you just have to tip your hat to the goalkeeper,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “We could easily have had five or six goals tonight – we created enough chances and we got the shots we needed – he was just so good.”
Robby Fabbri, who played his first 164 NHL games for St. Louis. Louis, including winning the Stanley Cup in 2019, had a goal and an assist in his first game against his former team.
“It was great to see [Fabbri] get a goal tonight, “said Nedeljkovic.” That was where he started his career and he had a really special race there. It was great for him to finish it. “
Video: STL @ IT: Fabbri scores in the 3rd period
Dylan Larkin also had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings (9-9-3), who were on their way back from a 0-3-1 road trip.
“This brings us back to [.500] and we have a chance to build on that on Saturday (against the Buffalo Sabers), “Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said.” You do not want to fall below that level and now we have a number of games at home (four of the next five) to get some points. “
Pavel Buchnevich and David Perron scored for St. Louis (10-7-2), who has lost two of his last three games and six of his last eight (2-5-1). Ville Husso made 19 saves.
“I thought we played a really good match,” Blues captain Ryan O’Reilly said. “We just did not get the results we wanted.”
Video: STL @ IT: Buchnevich buries a one-timer for a PPG
Buchnevich gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal of 10:11 in the first period. He converted on a one-timer from a pass from Jordan Kyrou behind the net.
Lucas Raymond equalized to 1-1 at. 13:48 and took a pass from Tyler Bertuzzi and shoots five-hole at Husso on an outburst.
Larkin made it 2-1 at 7:45 in the second period and scored from the field after Marco Scandella could not remove a rebound.
“We made a couple too many defensive mistakes tonight,” Kyrou said. “We need to be better at that, and I include myself there.”
Perron scored his first goal in 14 games and equalized it to 2-2 at 1:11 in the third period, beating Nedeljkovic from a sharp angle.
Adam Erne brought Detroit ahead 3-2 in 4:38 with a long wrist shot through a screen.
Video: STL @ IT: Erne grabs the lead with a shot from castle
The Blues then had two Grade-A scoring chances at 6:55 of the third, but Nedeljkovic came across and saved on Niko Mikkola‘s shot before throwing himself back to save a glove on Scandella’s rebound attempt.
“I saw that the puck was already on his stick and I was still on the wrong side of the net,” Nedeljkovic said. “At that point, I was just trying to take as much of the net as possible.”
After Colton Parayko hit the crossbar from the subsequent face-off, Nedeljkovic again made a highlight-reel save, this time he kicked his left pillow out to reject Scott Perunovich on a one-hour from low in the left circle.
“[Nedeljkovic] was incredible tonight, especially in the third, “Blashill said.” He stole one for us. “
Fabbri shot in an empty goal at 18:45 to the 4-2 final.
REMARKS: Red Wings rookie forward Joe Veleno did not return after sustaining an upper body injury late in the second period. Blashill did not have an update after the match. … Detroit defender Danny DeKeyser was a late scratch due to COVID-19 protocols. … Blues forward Brayden Schenn was minus-2 in 15:12 ice time in his return after missing nine games with an upper body injury. “He was okay,” Berube said. “He would not be 100 percent after missing out on so much time, but he should probably make it.”
Video: Larkin scores goals and assists in 4-2 victory over Blues