Suter, Bertuzzi propel Red Wings past Golden Knights


DETROIT — Pius Suter had a goal and an assist for the Detroit Red Wings in a 5-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday.

Tyler Bertuzzi scored an empty-net goal and had an assist, and Thomas Greiss made 38 saves for the Red Wings (6-5-2), who went 2-for-4 on the power play to start of a four-game homestand.

“Obviously, special teams were a huge factor tonight,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “We won this one with special teams and great goaltending.”

Nicolas Roy had a goal and an assist for the Golden Knights (6-6-0), who split a four-game road trip (2-2-0). Laurent Brossoit made 25 saves.

“It’s a .500 road trip, which is OK,” Vegas forward Jonathan Marchessault said. “It could have been a great road trip if we had won tonight, but we didn’t get it done.”

Video: VGK@DET: Marchessault picks up loose puck and scores

Roy gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead at 3:48 of the first period after Detroit forward Dylan Larkin broke his stick.

The Red Wings scored twice on the power play to take a 2-1 lead.

Lucas Raymond one-timed a pass from Bertuzzi to tie it 1-1 at 8:17 of the first, and Robby Fabbri scored at 10:13 to put Detroit in front.

Raymond leads NHL rookies with 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 13 games. Five of those points have come in the past three (two goals, three assists).

“Lucas is dangerous,” Larkin said. “He’s very crafty with the puck.”

Video: VGK@DET: Raymond one-times a pass on the power play

Suter extended the lead to 3-1 with a wrist shot from the left face-off dot at 18:28.

The Golden Knights outshot the Red Wings 13-7 in the first period.

“I thought we played our best first period of the road trip, and we were down 3-1,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said. “I’m sure Laurent would want at least one of those back, but we are asking him to play once every two weeks, and that’s tough. He made a lot of great saves tonight as well.”

Video: VGK@DET: Fabbri fires a shot home from the circle

Vladislav Namestnikov gave the Red Wings a 4-1 lead at 11:39 of the second period, banking the puck in off Brossoit’s back.

“I thought the second period might have been our best stretch of hockey this year,” Larkin said. “I thought we outworked them tonight. Every guy worked hard, and Thomas Greiss was incredible.”

Marchessault made it 4-2 at 4:25 of the third with a shot from the slot, but Greiss made 19 saves in the period.

Bertuzzi scored an empty-net goal with 11 seconds left for the 5-2 final. It was his ninth goal of the season.

“He’s a good goalie, he’s going to stop anything he can see,” Vegas defenseman Shea Theodore said of Greiss. “We needed to do a better job of getting in front of him and taking away his eyes.”

NOTES: Red Wings forward Sam Gagner, and defensemen Nick Leddy and Filip Hronek each had two assists. … Roy had seven shots on goal, and Marchessault had five. … Detroit hadn’t scored two power-play goals in the same game since March 16, a 4-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes. … Larkin returned after missing three games with a family issue. … Red Wings defenseman Gustav Lindstrom played 15:07 after missing six games because of a lower-body injury. … Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser played his 500th NHL game.

Video: Greiss stands tall with 38 saves in Red Wings’ win


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