The squad from “Hockeytown” looked quite comfortable in “Hockeyville,” Up North in Calumet, as a pair of youngsters scored two goals each in the Detroit Red Wings’ 4-1 preseason victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues on Thursday.
Anthony Mantha, slated for the Wings’ top line, opened the scoring with a power-play score with a little over 4:30 remaining in the first period. Mantha’s first goal was assisted by young defenseman Dennis Cholowski, who is fighting for a roster spot.
The Blues’ Ryan O’Reilly, who was the MVP of this spring’s Stanley Cup playoffs, tied it up less than a minute into the second, but Mantha, unassisted, gave the Wings the lead for good just 22 seconds later.
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Mantha left the rest of the scoring to 20-year-old Michael Rasmussen, the Wings’ top pick in 2017. Rasmussen scored just over 13 minutes into the second period, on assists from Mantha’s projected linemates, Tyler Bertuzzi and Dylan Larkin. Less than two minutes later, Rasmussen did it again, scoring the Wings’ final goal on assists from Cholowski and rookie Taro Hirose, who spent most of last season at Michigan State.
The Blues didn’t muster much of an attack against the Wings and goalie Calvin Pickard, who is likely to start the season in the AHL with Grand Rapids. Pickard stopped 20 of the 21 shots he faced in the 700-seat Calumet Colosseum.
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Published at Fri, 27 Sep 2019 04:17:01 +0000