Las Vegas — This wasn’t a fun evening for the Red Wings in the entertainment capital of the world.
The Wings are leaving Vegas like so many other visitors, a little worse for wear, after losing 5-2 to the undermanned Vegas Golden Knights.
Vegas scored four times in the second period, as the Wings’ defensive issues continued to materialize at unfortunate times and the Wings (8-9-2) lost their third consecutive game on this four-game road trip, and fourth in the last five games overall.
Givani Smith, returning to the lineup after a three-game stretch as a healthy scratch, scored for the Wings, along with Joe Veleno in the final minute.
Goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic came out to the begin the third period, replacing Thomas Greiss (11 saves on 15 shots).
The Wings lost defenseman Moritz Seider late in the third period when he blocked a shot. Seider was in obvious pain and had difficulty getting to the bench, not putting much pressure on his right leg.
Zach Whitecloud had two Vegas (10-7-0) goals, while Nicolas Hague, Paul Cotter (Canton/Western Michigan) and Reilly Smith added one each.
Smith cut the lead to 2-1 at 10:19 of the second period, tapping a loose puck near the post during a scramble in front of goaltender Robin Lehner.
But the Wings’ rally was short-lived, as Whitecloud scored is second of the game at 12:32 after Vegas won a face-off and Whitecloud got the puck at the point, then lifted a shot that deflected off the back of Danny DeKeyser and past goaltender Thomas Greiss.