The Golden Knights have been playing some fine hockey over the last few weeks, especially in Jack Eichel’s absence. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to end their Metropolitan roadie on a high note. They lost 5-2 to the Red Wings at Little Caesar’s Arena on Saturday night.
The Red Wings brought a 3-2 lead into the first intermission after a first period full of fireworks. Dylan Larkin and Jake Walman each tallied goals before the 10 minute mark of the period, giving Detroit an early 2-0 lead.
The Golden Knights got those two back almost as quickly, as Ivan Barbashev and Paul Cotter each scored near the 8 and 11 minute marks of the opening stanza, respectively. That would unfortunately be the last time the Knights found the net all night.
With just under 2 minutes remaining in the first, Detroit’s Joe Veleno converted on the power play to give the Red Wings a 3-2 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
The second period went quietly. Andrew Copp added extra insurance with a goal near the midway point of the final stanza. Dylan Larkin tallied his second goal of the net on an empty netter that set the final score at 5-2.
The Golden Knights are now on their all-star break, and with no players making the trip to Toronto this should serve as a big week of recovery for the team. They play again next Tuesday, February 6 against the Oilers at T-Mobile Arena with puck drop set for 7 p.m.