DETROIT -- After Friday's 2-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, the Red Wings were disappointed but also encouraged since they played well and out-chanced the Sabres, 20-7.
Detroit was confident if it continued to execute the way it did against Buffalo that its fortunes would turn.
Unfortunately, on Sunday at Little Caesars Arena against the defending champion St. Louis Blues, the Wings came out stagnant, trailing 2-0 after the first period.
It wasn't until the third period when the Wings turned it up a notch, scoring three consecutive goals to take a 4-3 lead, but a bench minor for too many men on the ice at 15:42 gave the Blues a power-play opportunity and they cashed in, tying the score at 4-4.
David Perron's goal at 1:28 of overtime gave the Blues the 5-4 win in a game in which it appeared the Wings would end their seven-game losing skid in dramatic fashion.
Instead, Detroit picks up a point, its first in eight games.
Filip Hronek (power play), Dylan Larkin, Valtteri Filppula and Tyler Bertuzzi lit the lamp for the Wings.
Brayden Schenn (power play), Zach Sanford, Ryan O'Reilly (two, one power play) and Perron were the goal scorers for the Blues.
Jonathan Bernier (2-3-1) started in goal, taking the loss for the Red Wings. He stopped 15 of the 20 shots he faced for a .750 save percentage.
Jordan Binnington (5-2-3) was in net for St. Louis; the Wings fired 33 shots at Binnington, who made 29 saves for a save percentage of .879.
The Wings' (3-8-1) next action is Tuesday night when they host the Edmonton Oilers at Little Caesars Arena, which will conclude a three-game home stand.
Up next for St. Louis (6-3-3) will be a home date on Wednesday versus the Minnesota Wild.
1. Dylan Larkin: After Friday night's 2-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, Larkin put the blame on his own shoulders, even though his coach said he was likely the best player on the ice for either team. As the top-line center for the Wings, Larkin knows he has a lot of responsibility and he takes that responsibility very seriously. After Hronek snapped the Wings' 127:39 scoreless streak with his power-play goal at 10:04 of the second, it was Larkin who drew the Wings within a goal at 1:44 of the third. The goal, assisted by Bertuzzi and Darren Helm, was Larkin's third of the season and first in six games. Larkin also won the face-off that led to Bertuzzi's go-ahead goal at 11:51 of the third, giving him the 44th multi-point game of his career. Since 1980, only Steve Yzerman (153), Sergei Fedorov (97), John Ogrodnick (60) and Vyacheslav Kozlov (45) have more multi-point games by a Wings player before his 24th birthday. Larkin finished with 25 shifts for 21:46, had two shots, one hit, was 11-of-20 on face-offs and was plus-1.
Quotable: "I'm just trying to go out and battle for the guys. I think I hadn't been doing that enough, I hadn't been playing in the dirty areas enough. I thought my line, and I really thought Rosey, Jacob De La Rose's line started it off with Smitty (Givani Smith) and Ehner (Christoffer Ehn). They were digging and winning battles. It was easy to follow them. I needed to battle harder and I thought the past couple of games here, our line's done that and helped our team. We all believe in each other. The talk in the room in the past little bit is it's gotta be the guys in here to turn this around and to get that win out of the way. We were close tonight but unfortunately against the defending Stanley Cup champions, close isn't good enough. We believe in each other and that's the way we have to play to be successful. If we play like that, most nights we're gonna get wins." - Larkin
Quotable II: "(Larkin) certainly backed it up tonight. I thought Friday, he played really well, too. I thought Friday, he was excellent, especially as the game went along, and I thought he carried that forward into today. He was absolutely the best player on the ice by a country mile, I thought. So, he certainly backed it up and he's going to have to be again on Tuesday." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill
2. Valtteri Filppula/Tyler Bertuzzi: The Red Wings have been saying for a while that they need secondary scoring from outside the top line. So it was a good sign to see Filppula passing the puck to a speeding Andreas Athanasiou at the right side of the net and having that puck hit Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and go into the net. It marked Filppula's first goal of the season after he had 17 last season with the New York Islanders. After Bertuzzi assisted on Larkin's goal at 1:44 of the third - Bertuzzi's 50th career assist - Larkin was able to return the favor after winning the face-off and getting the puck to him at 11:51 of the third. Bertuzzi's shot from the right circle eluded Binnington for his fifth goal of the season. Bertuzzi is now second to Anthony Mantha, who has seven goals. Filppula finished with 23 shifts for 18:23, had two shots, one giveaway, one blocked shot, was 4-for-6 in face-offs and was even. Bertuzzi finished with 24 shifts for 20:48, had one shot, one blocked shot and was plus-1.
Quotable: "It's nice to get a goal but obviously now losing so many in a row, that's kind of the main thought and trying to get out of that. Hopefully we start winning some games. The third was good. I think we didn't start that well. I think last game we actually played pretty well. Got down a couple of goals, played really well in the third. Got ourselves back in the game but obviously a tough loss." - Filppula
Quotable II: "It was just our third, we were all playing with a lot of emotion, we were playing hard, we were playing to win and obviously it showed on the scoresheet until overtime, but I thought it was the best period we played this year and we've got to keep that going." - Bertuzzi
Quotable III: "We knew Binnington played last night. Just throw pucks at him. When things aren't going well, just put as much as you can to the net. That's what we did. Bert's goal and Val's goal, just throw it to the net. We need to do more of that. I thought our D did a great job of shooting the puck tonight and gave us a lot of second and third chances, which we need more of." - Larkin
3. Too many men penalty: The Wings had everything going for them late in the third period. They had all the momentum as they had turned the tables on a tired Blues team that had played an emotional game in Boston (3-0 loss) the night before. The Wings rallied from a 3-1 deficit with goals from Larkin, Filppula and Bertuzzi to take a 4-3 lead. All they needed to do was keep putting pressure on the Blues in the offensive zone. Instead, they had a collective mental error when they were called for too many men on the ice at 15:19. The Wings are playing without two of their top penalty killers in center Luke Glendening and defenseman Danny DeKeyser, both out with injuries, and the Blues had already scored one power-play goal, Schenn's early in the first. St. Louis needed just 23 seconds to tie the game as O'Reilly netted his second goal of the contest, scoring at 15:42. That enabled the Blues to force overtime and collect the win. It was the Wings' first overtime game of the season, the latest they have played their first overtime (12th game) since 1998-99 when they did not play an overtime game until the 23rd game.
Quotable: "It's just the heat of the game. It's one where you look up and there's six guys on the ice and no one knows what's going on. There's just not any awareness. It comes from even the guys on the bench. We all gotta be talking and we all gotta be in the game. It's an emotional part of the game. We're rallying and then that happens. They got a quick one. That's what the Stanley Cup champions do. They get one chance and they don't need another one. You gotta like our third period, though." - Larkin
Quotable II: "Ultimately, it's my bench, I'm responsible for it. Gotta know who we're changing for. We got players on the bench, we got coaches on the bench, there's no way you can end up with a too many men. We've taken a couple here now, that's a joke. There's no possible way that that can happen at that point. So ultimately that's my responsibility so I'll take responsibility for it. We had a late change. Dylan's taking the face-off and then changing. Helmer gets out there and we never recovered from the chaos from that. We ultimately ran into our goalie a little bit. We just ultimately never recovered from that so we didn't have our structure in our PK forecheck." - Blashill