Eric Tangradi scored in his return to the Grand Rapids Griffins after signing a one-year contract 90 minutes before the opening faceoff, but the Griffins lost to the Rockford IceHogs 2-1 in a shootout on Friday at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
Tangradi, a member of Grand Rapids’ 2017 Calder Cup championship team, began this season by playing for Astana Barys of the Kontinental Hockey League,
The Griffins (9-13-1-2) will begin a six-game road swing to California and Iowa on Wednesday when they visit the San Diego Gulls.
Box score:Rockford 2, Grand Rapids 1 (SO)
Former Spartan Taro Hirose scored in his AHL debut during Grand Rapids' 5-2 loss at home against the Chicago Wolves on Wednesday at Van Andel Arena.
Hirose had two goals and five assists and a minus-11 rating in 23 games with the Red Wings this year. Filip Zadina was scoreless and minus-2.
The Griffins have lost six games in a row, the team’s most since a franchise record-tying seven-game skid nearly 10 years ago (Jan. 17-Feb. 3, 2010).
Grand Rapids (9-13-1-1) will host the Rockford IceHogs on Friday at 7 p.m.
Game 24:Wolves prey on Griffins
Box score:Chicago 5, Grand Rapids 2
Grand Rapids: Player stats
The Grand Rapids Griffins dropped their fourth consecutive game on Friday night at Van Andel Arena as the Manitoba Moose won 4-2 in Grand Rapids.
Goaltender Filip Larsson was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on 17 shots. He replaced Calvin Pickard, who became the 181st Griffin to play in the NHL on Friday. Pickard allowed six goals in the Red Wings' 6-1 loss in Philadelphia.
The Griffins (9-11-1-1) will be in Rockford to face the IceHogs Saturday.
Game 22: Griffins drop 4-2 decision to Moose
Box score:Manitoba 4, Grand Rapids 2
Box score: Chicago 5, Grand Rapids 2
First-round draft pick Evgeny Svechnikov tried a lacrosse-style wraparound shot but failed to score in Grand Rapids' 5-0 loss against the Milwaukee Admirals at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee on Saturday.
Svechnikov's younger brother, Andrei, scored on a similar lacrosse-style attempt for Carolina against Calgary goalie Rittich earlier this year. The Hurricanes will face the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday at 7 p.m.
Evgeny Svechnikov and the Griffins were shutout for the second time this season as the Admirals picked up their tenth straight victory, tying for most in franchise history.
Filip Zadina's season-high, six-game point streak also came to an end. Grand Rapids (9-9-1-1) will be in Chicago on Wednesday.
Box score: Milwaukee 5, Grand Rapids 0
Game 19: Griffins lose to red-hot Admirals
Box score: Milwaukee 3, Grand Rapids 2
First-round draft pick Moritz Seider scored his first AHL goal and added an assist in Grand Rapids' 4-3 victory over the San Antonio Rampage at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on Wednesday.
Filip Zadina, back in the lineup after missing Saturday’s game in Rockford because of an injury, earned an assist to extend his point streak to five games (3+4=7).
The Griffins (9-7-1-1) will begin a weekend home-and-home series with Milwaukee on Friday when they welcome the Admirals to Van Andel Arena for a 7 p.m. start.
Box score:Grand Rapids 4, San Antonio 3
Game 17: Griffins manage split against the Rockford
Box score: Rockford 5, Grand Rapids 2
First-round draft pick Evgeny Svechnikov scored two goals in Grand Rapids' 5-2 loss against the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday at BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Ill.
Svechnikov was named the third star of the game with nine shots and was plus one. He has three goals and four assists for seven points and is minus five in nine games.
Game 16: Griffins' offense sizzles in win over IceHogs
Box score: Grand Rapids 5, Rockford 2
Game 15: Griffins score twice in final minute to beat Monsters
Box score: Grand Rapids 4, Cleveland 2
First-round draft pick Joe Veleno was named the first star in the Grand Rapids Griffins' 4-2 victory over the Cleveland Monsters in Cleveland on Tuesday.
Veleno scored the winning goal at 19:18 of the third period. He has three goals and one assist and is minus-14 in 15 games this year.
Filip Zadina added a goal and Moritz Seider and Michael Rasmussen had assists.
The Griffins settled for a split of the weekend series against the Marlies after dropping a 5-2 decision against Toronto at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on Saturday.
Filip Zadina was named the game's third star with a power-play goal. On Friday, Zadina scored a goal in a 4-1 win over the Marlies.
Zadina has goals in two straight games after going minus-4 and scoreless in his two previous games.
The Griffins wore camouflage jerseys on the weekend in honor of Military Appreciation Weekend.
Grand Rapids (6-6-1-1) will travel to Cleveland on Tuesday for a game against the Monsters.
Box score:Toronto 5, Grand Rapids 2
Box score: Grand Rapids 4, Toronto 1
The Griffins allowed a franchise-record three shorthanded goals in a 5-3 loss to the Cleveland Monsters in the annual school day game at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on Wednesday morning.
First-round pick Moritz Seider extended his scoring streak to five games with an assist (0+6=6 points) but he was minus-three. Seider has seven assists in 12 games and is minus-two in his rookie season.
The Griffins (5-5-1-1) will host the Toronto Marlies on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.
Box score: Cleveland 5, Grand Rapids 3
The heavy-hearted Griffins lost 5-3 to the Manitoba Moose at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg on Saturday, one day after the death of long-time video coach Bill LeRoy.
LeRoy, a member of the coaching staff since 2001, died on Friday in Winnipeg. He was 56. A moment of silence was held before the game to honor LeRoy.
Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill, who worked with LeRoy when Blashill coached in Grand Rapids, said LeRoy "was a good friend and great man, a great hockey man, and loved being part of the Griffins.
"He cared deeply about the organization and the players. He’s been around hockey going back to the days in Kalamazoo in the IHL with Ken Hitchcock and a bunch of people. He had an unreal amount of experience.
“I would pick his brain a ton when I was down there. He was just a really great person and he didn’t deserve this. He deserved to keep living. It’s a sad day for sure.”
Box score: Manitoba 5, Grand Rapids 3
Game 9: Wild down Griffins in overtime
Box score:Iowa 4, Grand Rapids 3 (OT)
First-round draft picks Joe Veleno and Filip Zadina scored goals for the Griffins in a 4-3 loss in overtime against the Iowa Wild on Wednesday at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. Veleno scored the game-tying goal and Zadina opened the scoring.
Former Ferris State forward Gerald Mayhew scored the OT winner for the Wild.
The Griffins (5-2-1-1) finished the four-game homestand with a 3-0-1-0 record and will head to Manitoba for games against the Moose on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Box score: Grand Rapids 6, Texas 4
Down 3-0 in the first period and 4-3 entering the third period on Saturday, the Griffins mounted a comeback to stun the Texas Stars 6-4 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
The Griffins have won three in a row and are off to their best start in 11 years.
Ryan Kuffner was named the second star with the game-tying goal.
First-round draft pick Joe Veleno scored his first goal in the Griffins' 4-1 victory over the Manitoba Moose on Friday at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
Veleno has one goal, nine shots and is minus-six in seven games.
Matt Puempel recorded his first AHL hat trick and goalie Calvin Pickard allowed his first goal in more than two games.
Game 7: Puempel's trick is a treat
Box score: Grand Rapids 4, Manitoba 1
Game 6: Pickard shuts out Admirals
Box score: Grand Rapids 3, Milwaukee 0
Grand Rapids goalie Calvin Pickard made 26 saves and first-round pick Michael Rasmussen was named the third star with two assists in the Griffins' 3-0 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals on Wednesday at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
The game featured the debut of defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, who was put on waivers by the Red Wings on Tuesday.
Ericsson, who played 176 games for Grand Rapids from 2006-09, set a new standard for the longest time span between Griffins appearances at 3,888 days, or 10 years, 7 months and 22 days (March 1, 2009 to Oct. 23, 2019).
The record had been held by Jimmy Howard at 2,831 days, or seven years, eight months and 28 days (May 6, 2009 to Feb. 4, 2017).
The Griffins improved to 3-2-0-1 and kicked off their four-game home stand with their first home-ice win of the season. They’ll host the Manitoba Moose on Friday at 7 p.m.
Game 5: Offense stalls in loss to Stars
The Griffins suffered their first regulation road loss and were held scoreless for the first time this season, falling 3-0 against the Stars on Saturday night at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas.
Box score: Texas 3, Grand Rapids 0
The Griffins fought back from a two-goal deficit in the third period but eventually fell 4-3 in a shootout against the Texas Stars on Friday night at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas.
Matt Puempel was named the third star with a power-play goal and an assist.
Box score: Texas 4, Grand Rapids 3 (SO)
The Griffins picked up their second road win of the season after defeating the Rockford IceHogs 4-2 on Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Ill.
Filip Larsson earned his first professional victory in his debut, saving 24 shots.
Box score: Grand Rapids 4, Rockford 2
Troy Grosenick turned aside all but one of the 39 shots he saw on Friday to spoil the home opener for the Griffins and backstop the Milwaukee Admirals to a 4-1 win at Van Andel Arena.
Chris Terry scored the Griffins' only goal
Box score: Milwaukee 4, Grand Rapids 1
The Griffins opened up the regular season with an 8-5 victory against the Chicago Wolves on Saturday night at Allstate Arena in Chicago.
Matthew Ford led the Griffins with a career-high-tying four-point night.
Box score: Grand Rapids 8, Chicago 5