Petr Mrazek 'excellent' as Red Wings fall to Blackhawks

Ted Kulfan
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Detroit — Tommy Wingels and Alex DeBrincat scored third-period goals, and Laurent Dauphin added an empty-netter, as the Chicago Blackhawks rallied for a 4-2 preseason victory Thursday over the Red Wings.

DeBrincat (Farmington Hills), who had a goal disallowed earlier in the period because of goalie interference, scored a power-play goal at 8:16, breaking a 2-2 tie.

Wingels scored at 1:41, tying the score at 2, while Dauphin scored into an empty net at 18:35.

Libor Sulak and Michael Rasmussen (power play) scored for the Red Wings (2-3-1 preseason).

Sulak, an undrafted free agent, broke a 1-1 tie at 15:38 of the second period. Rasmussen, the 2017 first round draft pick, continued his outstanding exhibition with a first-period power-play goal, his third goal in four games.

BOX SCORE: Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 2

Goaltender Petr Mrazek stopped 37 shots, as the Red Wings were outshot 41-34.

“He (Mrazek) was excellent,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “You can’t give up two back-door goals, that’s no way, no chance, you have to make sure you give him (a goaltender) a chance to make the save. He was excellent.”

Mrazek, looking to rebound from a poor season, has been trying to reinforce in the preseason the work he did in the summer.

“So far, so good, just trying to do the right things I did in the summer,” Mrazek said. “I was happy to get a chance to  get one preseason game in here (Little Caesars Arena) and now it’s time for the (regular) season.”

Richard Panik added the other Chicago goal.

Both teams used primarily minor league-laden lineups just days before the end of the exhibition season.

Sulak, a fine skating defenseman, joined the rush on his goal, took a pass from Colin Campbell near the hashmarks, and beat goalie Anton Forsberg to give the Red Wings a 2-1 lead.

Rasmussen, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound power forward who has been particularly effective around the net, deflected a shot from Niklas Kronwall from the top of the slot at 46 seconds of the second period, opening the scoring.


Rasmussen is likely to play in one more game in what has been an impressive training camp and preseason.

“My mindset is the same every day, I come in and try to get better, work hard and be a good teammate,” Rasmussen said.

Rasmussen will be returned to his junior team later in the week, but can go with a load of confidence after his NHL showing.

“He has a lot of ability,” Blashill said. “A big guy who is rangy and really thinks offensively, defensively, and he skates well. He’s only going to get better with his skating as he continues to improve his strength.”

Blashill shot down any thought of Rasmussen sticking with the Red Wings for the opening nine games, which leaves him eligible to return to junior hockey yet doesn’t count as any NHL time, either.

“The only time that’s an option is if you think he can help you win and you have to feel real positive,” Blashill said. “We’d have to feel like he can help us in those games and those nine games are critically important for us for where we want to be at the end of the year.

“I don’t think there’s anybody right now that’s ready today to say he’s better than (Dylan) Larkin, (Henrik) Zetterberg or (Frans) Nielsen.”

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