It may have only been a meaningless preseason game, but for defenseman Adam Almquist, it was meaningful in terms of a chance to impress the Red Wings management and coaching staff.
The Swedish rookie, who was drafted by the Red Wings in the 2009 NHL Draft, scored two power play goals to help give his team a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night.
Almquist's first goal came after he took a pass from Brendan Smith and ripped a slap shot from the point past Penguins netminder Tomas Vokoun at 6:10 of the second period. He would find the back of the net again in similar fashion at 11:50 of the second.
"I got a little bit lucky at first," Almquist said. "The puck was popping out to me and I could just go ahead a rip it off. Luckily it went in. The second one, I got a really good pass from (Mikael) Samuelsson, shot it and it went in. I got lucky there too."
Tomas Tatar, who has been rumored to have his job with the Red Wings in jeopardy, made his case to be with the club when he scored the opening goal at 12:56 of the first period after he took a feed from Landon Ferraro and beat Vokoun with a wrister.
Pavel Datsyuk added a goal at 17:59 of the second after he collected his own rebound from a shot on goal and put home a backhander.
The Penguins lone goal came from Brandon Sutter at 1:05 of the second period.
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