Svechnikov gets SO winner in debut, Red Wings beat Senators

Petr Mrazek stopped 41 shots in 65 minutes of game action and another five in the shootout as the Red Wings outlasted visiting the Ottawa Senators at Joe Louis Arena last night, 5-4. One of the best prospects for the Red Wings Evgeny Svechnikov not only made his debut last night but scored the victor in the shootout.

Keeping pace at the National Hockey League level is likely to be Svechnikov's biggest challenge as he makes his debut, but part of why the Wings think so highly of Svechnikov is how he pushes himself.

That group includes Nick Jensen, Robbie Russo, Tyler Bertuzzi, Jared Coreau and Dan Renouf.

The Red Wings will face off against the Senators at home at Joe Louis tonight, starting the first of a back-to-back home and away series against their divisional rivals.

"At 4-2, our guys are battling and fighting and clawing, and that's our season right there", Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said. Only moments after the Wings pulled out to a two-goal lead, Turris scored his 27th of the season at 8:22 to cut Detroits lead to 4-3. After a thrilling overtime the game went into the shootout. "Obviously for fans it's great". Still they were happy to get the point.

In the seventh round of the tiebreaker, Svechnikov went to his backhand and slid the puck between the pads of Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson. "They give you the ice, we're going to take it and they gave me the ice so I took it. Larkin was joining the play, that's what we try to do all the time on the penalty kill if we have the opportunity". I had a player tell me that he was walking home towards his apartment one night and he looked up at Evgeny's apartment and he was running on a treadmill. Nielsen's pass from behind the Ottawa net hit the skate of Senators defenceman Ben Harper and bounced through Anderson's legs to give Nielsen his 16th of the season at the 40-second mark.

Ottawa tied it on a power play just 56 seconds into the third as Karlsson lifted the puck from the corner to the front of the net and it hit the back of Mrazek's stick and skidded in through his legs. Nyquist originally had another power-play goal at 5:53 but after the game, it was credited to Tomas Tatar. Detroit bounced back from blowing a 4-2 lead in the third period.

Mike Green's shot from the top of the slot may have glanced off two Ottawa defenders, but between those two, Nyquist also redirected the puck before it found the back of Anderson's net.

NOTES: Senators C Colin White also made his National Hockey League debut. Svechnikov, a member of the 2015 QMJHL All-Rookie Team, also represented his country at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, winning a silver medal. Red Wings LW Justin Abdelkader (United States) and both of the team's goaltenders, Jimmy Howard (United States) and Mrazek (Czech Republic), confirmed that they will play in the world championship.

Senators: Host to Detroit on Tuesday.

  • Julie Sanders