Red Wings top Devils in regular-season finale

Pius Suter scored the go-ahead goal, Magnus Hellberg made 20 saves in his first NHL appearance in five years, and the Detroit Red Wings closed out their season with a 5-3 win over the host New Jersey Devils on Friday.Hellberg had not appeared in an NHL contest since April 9, 2017, as a member of the New York Rangers. Hellberg, 31, played the last five seasons in Russia.Tyler Bertuzzi scored his 30th goal on an empty-netter in the closing seconds. Michael Rasmussen, Moritz Seider and Joe Veleno also scored for Detroit (32-40-10, 74 points).Dawson Mercer, Nolan Foote and Fabian Zetterlund scored for the Devils (27-45-8, 62 points), who also lost a home contest to Detroit 3-0 last weekend. Mackenzie Blackwood made 31 saves.Rasmussen scored his 15th goal just 1:08 into the contest. He wheeled into the slot and whipped a shot past Blackwood. Oskar Sundqvist and Jake Walman picked up the assists.Mercer scored his first goal in 19 games and 17th of the season after a Detroit turnover in its own zone. Zetterlund set up Mercer’s goal.Seider, a top candidate for the Rookie of the Year award, put Detroit back on top at 6:30 of the second period. He rifled a shot from the point that eluded Blackwood’s glove. Sam Gagner and Rasmussen had the assists.

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