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Lucas Raymond's three goals power Red Wings' victory over Blackhawks

Ted Kulfan, The Detroit News on

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The Red Wings were looking to rebound from an ugly loss the night before, and rookie Lucas Raymond made sure they did.

Raymond had a three-goal night Sunday in only his sixth NHL game, carrying the Wings to a 6-3 victory over the woeful Chicago Blackhawks.

Raymond snapped a power-play goal midway in the third period to complete his hat trick, and fourth goal this season, and ice the victory.

It was the first hat trick for a Wings player age 19 or younger since Steve Yzerman — who drafted Raymond in the first round in 2020 (fourth overall) — in 1985.

After two consecutive teams took advantage of the Red Wings to win their first game within the last week, the Wings didn't let Chicago do it.

A four-goal second period for the Wings snapped a 1-1 tie and ignited the Wings over the disheartened Blackhawks, who are winless in six games to open the season (0-5-1).

 

As a matter of fact, the Blackhawks have never led this season, a sign of their disappointing play.

The Wings (3-2-1) top line of Raymond (three goals, one assist), Tyler Bertuzzi (one goal, two assists) and Dylan Larkin (three assists) had a dominant night, leading the offensive barrage.

Carter Rowney and Vladislav Namestnikov added goals, Mitchell Stephens had two assists and goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic had 32 saves for his first win as a Red Wing, as the Wings rebounded from Saturday's 6-1 drubbing in Montreal.

Rowney (first goal), Namestnikov (third) and Bertuzzi (team-leading sixth) scored goals 4 minutes 57 seconds apart in the second period, snapping a 1-1 tie.

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