2020 1st-round draft pick Lucas Raymond gets first NHL goal in Detroit Red Wings’ 4-1 win over Columbus

Red Wings left wing Tyler Bertuzzi, left, celebrates with goaltender Thomas Greiss after beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 Tuesday in Detroit. (AP photo)

DETROIT — Lucas Raymond made his first NHL goal a big one for the Detroit Red Wings, breaking a scoreless tie at 6:38 of the third period on the way to a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.

“It feels great,” Raymond said. “I’ve had some good looks, and I wanted to get one to go in. It is really special to get one. I think it has been amazing — the energy in the arena and the energy in this group. We play really hard every night and it makes it a lot of fun.”

The 19-year-old Raymond, from Gothenburg, Sweden, was picked fourth overall by the Red Wings in the 2020 draft. He also assisted on Tyler Bertuzzi’s fifth goal of the season just more than two minutes after beating goalie Joonas Korpisalo, who stopped Detroit’s first 33 shots on net.

Boone Jenner made it a one-goal game at 12:51 of the final period, but Red Wings goalie Thomas Greiss and his defense preserved the lead. Greiss finished with 22 saves.

“There was a little bit of energy,” Columbus coach Brad Larsen said. “But then we tried to force plays in the 6-on-5 (after pulling Korpisalo), and it just wasn’t a good game for us.”

Vladislav Namestnikov and Adam Erne added empty-net goals in the final 1:14.

Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin — back from his one-game suspension — cruised in on the right side and dropped a pass to Raymond for the first goal of the game. Larkin also assisted on Bertuzzi’s goal.

Detroit had a 31-13 edge in shots through two periods but couldn’t score despite several good opportunities.

Greiss kept the Red Wings even until they scored four times in the third.

“He was the first star in the last game and he was good again tonight,” Bertuzzi said.


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