Who scored, who got hurt in Detroit Red Wings first scrimmage of 2021 season

Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press
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The Detroit Red Wings designated Day 5 of training camp Tuesday to feature a scrimmage between Team Red and Team White.

It’s a big deal, because it marks the first time anything resembling a hockey game has been played at Little Caesars Arena since March 10, when the Wings lost to the Carolina Hurricanes. That was two days before the NHL paused the 2019-20 season.

Ten months later, and as newcomer Vladislav Namestnikov put it, “we’ve been off for so long, and finally to get something close to a game is going to be good for us. Everyone is excited.”

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Here are the lineups.

Team Red

Forwards

Bertuzzi-Larkin-Mantha

Namestnikov-Filppula-Gagner

Smith-Rasmussen-Hirose

Criscuolo-Pearson

Defense

Staal-Stecher

Nemeth-Merrill

Hicketts-Lindstrom

Goaltenders

Bernier

Nagle

Fulcher

Team White

Forwards

Zadina-Fabbri-Ryan

Brome-Glendening-Erne

Svechnikov-Nielsen-Barber

Elson-Turgeon

Defense

DeKeyser-Hronek

Cholowski-Biega

Lashoff-McIlrath

Goaltenders

Greiss

Boyle

Observations

Attempts to simulate a game atmosphere included loudspeaker announcements and music during whistles and timeouts – but did include playing the national anthem. It was strange, though, to see the majority of seats in the lower bowl covered by red tarps.

Midway through the first period, Luke Glendening left the ice bleeding in the face area. Couldn't tell what happened because it was down at the other end of the ice.

Bobby Ryan had a nice chance denied by Thomas Greiss – Ryan drove the net on the play. He's trying to reboot his career after being bought out last season by the Ottawa Senators. On a one-year, $1 million deal.

Mathias Brome scored an unassisted goal at 10:17 of the first period. He's a free agent signing out of Sweden trying to make the team.

Turner Elson made it 2-0 for Team White at 10:22.

First period ended with White up 2-0. Glendening has returned.

Elson had to be helped off the ice late in the second period. He was favoring his right leg – appeared to maybe have hurt a knee.

There have been two penalties so far (Adam Erne in the first period, Ryan in the second). Power play units did not distinguish themselves either time.

Tyler Bertuzzi puts Red on the board with a net-front tap-in off a rebound shot by Anthony Mantha at 7:55 of the third period. Wings' top line showing off their chemistry.

Evgeny Svechnikov was helped off the ice with four minutes to go, appearing to favor his right arm. Will get an update when I can, but this guy has been through so much, what with a knee injury that cost him the entire 2018-19 season.

Vladislav Namestnikov scored from the slot with 21.9 seconds remaining. to make it 2-2. Mantha picked up his second assist. That forced the beauty that is scrimmage overtime.

Marc Staal scored with 1:42 to go for the Red Team, but play continued to give the coaches a chance to get a look at 3-on-3 play. That afforded Danny DeKeyser a chance to score for Team White with less than a minute to go.

Bertuzzi scored his second of the game to put Red up, 4-3 in the waning seconds. The opportunity to see players perform in shootout situations was still used.

Brome, Mantha, Larkin scored for Red, settling the score at 6-4.

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