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Trending: Rasmussen nets overtime winner against Penguins

Cholowski collects two assists in team's first preseason game

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

DETROIT -- It's not exactly what you want, to have your first preseason game after a hard, competitive training camp go into overtime.

At least it didn't last long for the Detroit Red Wings as Michael Rasmussen scored at 1:32 of overtime to give the Wings a 3-2 exhibition victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Penguins did not bring most of their stars, of course, as it was their second preseason game and second on the road.

Trevor Hamilton, Jussi Jokinen and Michael Rasmussen (overtime) scored for Detroit while Derek Grant and Ryan Haggerty tallied for Pittsburgh.

Jimmy Howard started for Detroit and finished with 14 saves and one goal against.

Harri Sateri played the second half of the game and also had 14 saves and one goal against.

Tristan Jarry played the entire game for the Penguins and had 41 saves and three goals against.

The Wings are 1-0 and the Penguins 0-2 in the preseason.

1. Michael Rasmussen: There's no doubt that there are many people watching Rasmussen this preseason, wanting to see how he reacts to the expectations placed upon him. Rasmussen was one of the surprises of last year's exhibition season as he led the team with four goals in four games. But everyone knew Rasmussen was heading back to his junior team, the Tri-City Americans then. This year Rasmussen is expected to show he deserves a spot on the Wings. In overtime, coach Jeff Blashill called a timeout in order to be able to keep Rasmussen's power-play unit on the ice. Dennis Cholowski's shot hit the post and the puck bounced right to Dylan Larkin, who saw Rasmussen alone in front of the net. Rasmussen's goal came just after the power play had expired. Rasmussen finished with a team-high six shots in 17:14 ice time. He was plus-1.

Quotable: "It was good. It was a power play there in OT and I think Cholo hit the post and it kind of just bounced right to Larks and a great pass from him. So it was pretty easy. I thought I played well. I just got to keep building. It's a long preseason so just got to keep building and getting better." -- Rasmussen

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Quotable II: "I thought he was good. He's got the big body, got a long stick, he's dangerous around the net. He generated offense for our team and he was great on the puck. He was great in transition as well, using his long reach and big body to make plays. With him and Cholowski and (Christoffer) Ehn, Vili (Saarijarvi), I thought these young guys looked really good. They're definitely all pushing, whether it's call-up time with our team or playing time in Grand Rapids. They're pushing. It's exciting to see." -- Larkin

Quotable III: "I thought Ras started slow but he got much better as the game went along. I thought he was doing the things he needs to do. I thought he was engaged. Really a big hit in the second period. He was strong on the puck, he's great around the net. He's got real good hands in that area. Got kind of blind-side hit in the third and didn't budge because he's a big, big, big man. And as much as we talk about skating in this game today, size matters. He's a big man with a good set of hands, so I thought he had a good night." -- Wings coach Jeff Blashill

2. Dennis Cholowski: While Rasmussen is fighting for one of the open forward positions, Cholowski is battling for a spot on the Wings' blue line. His main competition is expected to come from Filip Hronek, Libor Sulak and Joe Hicketts. Hicketts was the only other one of the four to play against the Penguins. Cholowski had the primary assist on Hamilton's goal and the secondary assist on Rasmussen's game-winner. Cholowski also played more than any Wing with 23:33 in ice time, finishing plus-1 with one shot, one hit and a blocked shot in addition to the two helpers.

Quotable: "Again, there's just different types of people and he plays to his personality. There's been some great defensemen in this league that have personalities like that. I think with poised players, sometimes you get frustrated because there's not more jam or there's not more outward emotion. That's how some people are, they're just calm and poised and nothing much bothers them and they keep going. There's huge advantages in that, too. I think he's a really good passer of the puck, I think he's got really good skill and he seems to be playing at a pretty good confidence level. Now these games get harder so let's keep watching and seeing how each guy does." -- Blashill

3. Trevor Hamilton: It would make sense for the first goal of the preseason at Little Caesars Arena to be scored by a native Michigander. After all, there are eight Michigan-born players on the current 61-person roster. But if was not one of the usual suspects like Dylan Larkin or Justin Abdelkader. With the Wings trailing 1-0, the Grosse Pointe Farms native shot from the right point, beating Penguins goaltender Tristan Jerry at 16:18 of the second period. Cholowski and Matthew Ford picked up the assists.

Quotable: "That was awesome. I've known Trevor for a while. He used to pick me up on the way to school in Ann Arbor. At NTDP we billeted together. When he was 18, I was 17. Been in a powerhouse Honey Baked team, they won everything, so I grew up watching him and following him and know his dog real well. It was awesome to see. Such a nice guy. He's a warrior, you see him blocking shots. I've never seen … he's fearless blocking shots. I wanted him to score more than anyone today." -- Larkin

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