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Athanasiou, Mantha and Hronek all score for Detroit; Nielsen leaves with injury

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings got a chance to play a pretty competitive lineup Friday night against the New York Islanders at Little Caesars Arena.

Although there are still a couple of players that aren't ready to go quite yet, like Dylan Larkin and Justin Abdelkader, several of last season's regulars made their debuts.

However, it was the Islanders who prevailed in overtime after tying the game late in the third with the extra attacker, 4-3.

Frans Nielsen left the game with a lower-body injury after playing just 1:53.

"Little bit of a tweak," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said of Nielsen. "It's nothing something that's going to set him back for Nashville opening night. I can't tell you how quickly he gets back in but we'll see."

Andreas Athanasiou, Anthony Mantha and Filip Hronek power play) scored for the Wings.

Devon Toews, Derick Brassard and Anthony Beauvillier (two, overtime winner) scored for the Islanders.

Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard had 22 saves, playing the entire game for the first time in the preseason.

New York goalie Semyon Varlamov made 15 saves while Christopher Gibson had nine.

Up next for the Wings is a Sunday evening home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Islanders are at the New Jersey Devils Saturday night.

1. Anthony Mantha: Although it was his first preseason game, Mantha looked a lot like he did at the end of last season when he scored eight goals in his last eight games to finish with 25 goals in 67 games. Playing with Tyler Bertuzzi but without Larkin, Mantha unleaded his wicked shot from the left circle at 6:16 of the third period, tying the game at 2-2 1:13 after the Islanders had taken the lead. Bertuzzi and Joe Veleno assisted on the goal. Mantha finished with 16 shifts for 17:01, had four shots, one giveaway, two takeaways and was plus-1.

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Quotable: "It felt weird today. First real game back. I was just maybe half a second late. Bert and I were talking. Just to get the momentum going took a couple of shifts. And then the second period they were in our zone the whole period almost. It was just hard but then one or two good shifts in the third period and we got scoring chances. It feels good. A great feeling. Bert told me before the game not to celly if we scored. I said all right and then first thing I do is celly. It just feels good. It feels good to be back in the lineup and obviously get things going. That's what we love." -- Mantha

2. Adam Erne : There's a reason that executive vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman traded with his former team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, for Erne. Yzerman said during training camp that he believes Erne, 24, can be a top-nine forward in the NHL. Erne showed off that skill during the Wings power play when he made a nifty backhand pass from the right side of the net to Hronek in the left circle for a one-timer at 10:52 of the third. The goal, also assisted by Taro Hirose, gave the Wings a 3-2 lead. Midway through the second, Erne ducked below a Matt Martin hit, sending Martin tumbling to the ice. Martin later went after Erne late in the third but the 6-foot-1, 212-pound forward was unharmed. Erne finished with 18 shifts for 14:47, had five hits, one blocked shot and was minus-1.

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Quotable: "He might have poked the bear tonight. He's playing hard hockey for sure, the way he's supposed to. He's not making a lot of mistakes. If he keeps playing that way obviously he's putting all the chances on his side. He's going to be able to help the team. Every team needs one. Obviously you know he's going to battle hard. He's gonna be first on the forecheck. He's able to protect that puck really well. He's playing great hockey. Hopefully he keeps it going." -- Mantha

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Quotable II: "I think first off, we've got a spot open that guys are competing for in one of the power-play units net-front and that was a real good play by him, real good pass. He's got the ability to tip pucks, he can do that. I thought he showed fairly well tonight. He brings some energy, I think he's got a physicality to his game and he's got good hands around the net. So if he can keep doing that, it's a positive." -- Blashill

3. Moritz Seider/Filip Zadina: Seider and Zadina are obviously in different positions, one a big, 18-year-old defenseman and the other a smaller, 19-year-old forward. But both were picked sixth overall, in the 2019 and 2018 drafts, respectively, and both are trying to make the Wings roster. Seider was playing in just his second exhibition game and first one at Little Caesars Arena. He started the game with Dennis Cholowski but played with pretty much every defenseman in the lineup, including Danny DeKeyser. Seider finished with 24 shifts for 19:18, had four hits, a giveaway and a takeaway and was even. Zadina, who performed well in the NHL Prospect Tournament along with Seider, had five assists in that tournament and has one assist in two exhibition games. Zadina had a couple of good chances, including when Veleno found him alone at 6:59 of the first but the shot went wide. Zadina finished with 17 shifts for 16:42, had three shots, one takeaway and was minus-1.

Quotable: "Pretty good. I think you have to adjust your game quick. We had now a couple of games. I'm feeling very comfortable on the small sheet, too." -- Seider

Quotable II: "I thought Moritz played a solid game. I think he made a few more mistakes than he had when I saw him in the Red and White and when I saw him in the prospects tournament and then in Chicago, but that's part of it. It's going to be a little bit of ups and downs, he's 18 years old. So I just think keeping our expectations in check, super important. He certainly doesn't look like a guy that's super out of place. He made a few more mistakes probably than he has." -- Blashill

Quotable III: "I think I had a couple of chances today but I didn't put it in the net. Hopefully, soon I just score the goal. But for me right now it's important team and just want to win those games because we are so close. We unfortunately lost in overtime. It was a tough loss but we gotta learn from our mistakes and be better next game." -- Zadina

Quotable IV: "I just had a good conversation actually with Steve. One of the things we just gotta get Zadina to understand is it's super hard in this league to self-create. I've talked about the fact that in order to self-create, you've got to be super fast or super big and strong and he's not either one of those things so what he's got to do is he's got to make sure he does a really good job in his give-go game. I think sometimes Filip wants to score so bad that he's trying to do it all himself at times. We'll just keep working on trying to get better opportunities to have a give-and-go, give it, dart to areas and get it back." -- Blashill

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