Monday, January 30

Detroit Red Wings left chasing Vegas Golden Knights in 4-1 loss

The chance to finish a lengthy homestand on a high note soured right away.

The Detroit Red Wings again showed their willingness to keep fighting Saturday, capping a five-game stretch at Little Caesars Arena by hosting the Vegas Golden Knights. But the Wings chased their elite opponent from the opening minute and weren’t able to finish chances, resulting in a 4-1 loss that left them on a three-game skid.

Oskar Sundqvist scored to pull the Wings within a goal in the second period, but five minutes later, veteran Phil Kessel’s breakaway put the Wings in another two-goal hole. They got a power play with 8:36 to play but Dylan Larkin was denied on two backhand attempts. Ville Husso was pulled with 3:25 to go for an extra attacker but the Knights turned that gamble into another goal, from Reilly Smith.

Golden Knights center Jack Eichel celebrates after his goal against Red Wings goaltender Ville Husso during the first period on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, at Little Caesars Arena.

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The Wings rallied to squeeze a point out of their previous game, against Buffalo, but the Vegas game left them 2-2-1 in their longest home stand of the season.

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