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Nedeljkovic carries Red Wings to 4-2 victory over St. Louis

Ted Kulfan, The Detroit News on

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DETROIT — The turkey is going to take a taste a little better for the Red Wings.

In the traditional Thanksgiving Eve game Wednesday at Little Caesars Arena, the Wings sent a festive crowd home happy with a 4-2 victory.

Adam Erne broke a 2-2 tie with his third goal, flinging a shot on net that caught the top corner over Blues goalie Ville Husso. Robby Fabbri clinched it with an empty-net goal against his former team. Goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic preserved the lead with some timely saves.

Lucas Raymond and Dylan Larkin added Wings goals, while Nedeljkovic made 35 saves. He was sensational in the third period. The Wings moved back to .500 (9-9-3) on the season.

Nedeljkovic preserved the 3-2 lead with a diving, sprawling save on a rebound by the Blues' Marco Scandella that got the LCA crowd roaring, then keyed killing two Blues power plays midway in the third period.

David Perron tied it 2-2 for St. Louis (10-7-2) with his seventh goal, at 1:11 of the third period, on a bad angle goal that found a hole between the post and Nedeljkovic.

But Erne answered, and the Wings were able to keep the third-period lead, something they didn't do in two road games last week.

Larkin broke a 1-1 tie with his 10th goal, putting back a loose puck in front of Blues goalie Ville Husso at 7:45 of the second period. It extended Larkin's point streak to six games, with nine points (six goals, three assists) during that span.

 

Raymond tied the game 1-1 with his eighth goal, in the first period.

Tyler Bertuzzi found Raymond breaking in alone on the right wing, and Raymond beat Husso at 13:48.

Raymond, 19, continues to hit impressive milestones with each point during this impressive early start.

With 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 21 games, Raymond joined current general manager Steve Yzerman (17 games) as just the second Red Wings' teenager all time to collect his first 20 career points in 21 games, or fewer.

Raymond, who leads all NHL rookies in scoring, became the 11th teenager in the last 35 years to record his 20th career point in 21 games, or less.

The Wings lost forward Joe Veleno to an upper body injury in the third period. Veleno did not return to the game.

The Wings are off until Saturday, when they host Buffalo at 7 p.m.

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