Vrana scores in Red Wings debut in victory against Blackhawks

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DETROIT Troy Stecher scored twice for the first time in the NHL and the Detroit Red Wings won their third straight game, 4-1 against the Chicago Blackhawks at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday.

Jakub Vrana scored in his Red Wings debut and Thomas Greiss made 22 saves for Detroit (16-23-6), which had not won three straight since Nov. 8-12, 2019. Vrana was acquired from the Washington Capitals on Monday in the Anthony Mantha trade.

Chicago (20-19-5), which came into the game 5-1-0 against Detroit this season, remains four points behind the Nashville Predators for the fourth and final playoff spot in the eight-team Discover Central Division. The top four teams make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Kevin Lankinen made 24 saves for Chicago.

Duncan Keith gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead at 14:47, one-timing Alex DeBrincat‘s cross-ice pass into an open net for his second goal in as many games. Keith had not scored in consecutive games since Jan. 24-26, 2017.

The Red Wings came back with three goals in the second period.

Stecher tied the game at 4:49 of the second period with a slapshot that deflected off Lankinen’s blocker and over his shoulder.

Vrana made it 2-1 at 8:55, scoring on a breakaway. Vrana, who was serving a bench minor, came out of the box to a pass from Gustav Lindstrom. 

Stecher made it 3-1 with his second of the game at 11:15, pinching in to take a pass from Danny DeKeyser and tuck it behind Lankinen. 

Stecher, who made his NHL debut on Oct. 25, 2016 for the Vancouver Canucks, had never scored twice in the same month. 

Michael Rasmussen finished the scoring at 18:34 of the third period, scoring into an empty net.

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