Many rookies who have been counting on this season made an early impression in the Detroit Red Wings’ 6-2 win in the Penguins’ exhibition opener in Detroit on Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Free-agent signee Dominik Kubalik had two special teams goals, while prospect Elmer Soderblom and veteran Steven Kampfer both scored for the Wings, who host the Blackhawks on Wednesday in the second of an eight-game stretch. pre-season.
Victor Brattstrom, who spent last season with the Grand Rapids Griffins, had 19 saves on 20 stops in 30:36 of ice time. Sebastian Cossa, the considered goalkeeper of the future, played in the second half of the game and
Detroit was outshot, 33-21, but converted on both power play opportunities. The Wings had trouble staying out of the penalty box, giving the Penguins nine power play chances. Although Detroit did not allow a short-term goal.
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The Wings scored four straight goals, starting with Kubalik’s power play blast from the top of the right circle off a feed from Filip Hronek with just 18 seconds left in the first period. Michael Rasmussen had the other assist.
With the score tied, Filip Zadina gave the Wings the lead early in the second period. Rasmussen’s backhand pass from the right sideline was clipped past Pittsburgh goalie Tristan Jarry at 23 seconds.
The Wings made it 3-1 about five minutes later. Jonatan Berggren carried the goal from left to right around the net and sent a central pass to Elmer Soderblom, he did not hesitate to score.
Berggren, a second-round pick in 2018, created another scoring chance for the Wings less than two minutes later when he carried the puck into the Pittsburgh zone. The puck was removed only to the left point for Steven Kampfer, where the former Wolverine was give-and-go with Zadina. Kampfer found space and scored at 6:51 to make it 4-1.
The Penguins scored first on a Brock McGinn goal just 1:42 into the game. Bryan Rust stopped the Wings from scoring at 13:16 of the second period to take a 4-2 lead.
The Red Wings took a three-goal lead at 2:34 of the third period on Tyler Spezia’s jumper from the left circle. The assistants were Drew Worrad and Olli Määttä.
Kubalik scored his second goal after Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith turned the puck over to him for an easy tally at 10:20 of the third period.
This article originally appeared on the Detroit Free Press: Detroit Red Wings’ Dominik Kubalik scores twice in 6-2 preseason win