Red Wings top Blue Jackets 4-1
By: Mike Stiles - Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Lucas Raymond scores against Columbus (photo courtesy of MLive)

(DETROIT) – Lucas Raymond made his first NHL goal a big one for the Detroit Red Wings, breaking a scoreless tie at 6:38 of the third period on the way to a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 19 year old Raymond, from Gothenburg, Sweden, was picked fourth overall by the Red Wings in the 2020 draft. He also assisted on Tyler Bertuzzi’s fifth goal of the season just more than two minutes after beating goalie Joonas Korpisalo, who stopped Detroit’s first 33 shots on net. Boone Jenner made it a one-goal game at 12:51 of the final period, but Red Wings goalie Thomas Greiss and his defense preserved the lead. Greiss finished with 22 saves. Vladislav Namestnikov and Adam Erne added empty-net goals for the Wings in the final 1:14. Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin, back from his one-game suspension, cruised in on the right side and dropped a pass to Raymond for the first goal of the game. Larkin also assisted on Bertuzzi’s goal. Detroit had a 31-13 edge in shots through the first two periods but couldn’t score despite several good opportunities. Detroit coach Jeff Blashill likes the way Larkin and Bertuzzi complement one another on the No. 1 line, with Raymond working his way into the flow.