DETROIT – Without their captain, the Detroit Red Wings, who suffered a heavy loss on Thursday, bounced back with a full feat as they celebrated their first win of the 2021/22 season, a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday Saturday evening at Small Caesars Arena.
Thomas Greiss made 40 saves in his first start of the season when he took the win while Filip Zadina, Robby Fabbri and Sam Gagner each scored their first goals in 2021-22 when the Red Wings improved their record to 1-0-1 (3 points).
Conor Garland scored the only goal for the Canucks, whose record fell to 1-1-1 (3 points), and Jaroslav Halak made 18 saves in defeat.
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captain Dylan Larkin missed Saturday’s game as he was serving a suspension on a game after being expelled from Thursday’s game after receiving a match penalty for hitting Tampa Bay Lightning striker Mathieu Joseph in retaliation for a hit on the boards .
The Red Wings started scoring as shortly after the middle of the first period Marc Staal shot a wrist shot from just outside the circle, which Fabbri deflected perfectly into the upper corner of the net, past Halak’s glove to make it 1-0.
Video: VAN @ DET: Fabbri distracts Staal line-up from the slot home
As the game went into the second half, Garland leveled 1-1 at 4:56 as he shot a shot from a poor angle right down the goal line and tossed the puck up from the back of the mask from Gress.
After the Canucks shot a penalty just a minute after Garland’s goal, Detroit wasted no time responding. 46 seconds after the power play, Zadina was stationed in a circle and shot past Halak once to give the wings a 2-1 lead again.
Greiss had the rescue of the night late on the second night when he put down a phenomenal glove stop when thwarting post-to-post against Nils Hoglander trying to end a 2-on-1 break.
Video: VAN @ DET: Greiss saves against Hoglander
With just 2:31 to go in the third period, the Canucks thought they leveled the game, but the goal was left out when those in charge said Hogland had bothered Greiss. Greiss followed suit by robbing Bo Horvat right on the doorstep with 1:56 in the game.
Gagner finally finished the game with an empty goal and gave the Red Wings a hard-fought victory.
Moritz Seider scored his third submission of the season while Filip Hronek and Tyler Bertuzzi also found the goalscorer list with their first assists of the season.
Video: Greiss, Red Wings hold Canucks back to 3-1 victory