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Should Have Won But Didn’t

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

This was one, ultimately, the Red Wings should have had, should have completed to earn a victory....

The Wings, appropriately, felt as they let an important point in the standings slip away.

“We played a pretty good game, we gave them a hard game,” said Gustav Nyquist, who had two goals. “A shootout, we had a 4-on-3 chance (power play) in overtime, and shootouts are a coin flip, it can go either way.

“We should have finished this one off.”

What also hurt for the Wings, was a hand injury to defenseman Danny DeKeyser that will keep the defenseman out for “multiple weeks,” coach Jeff Blashill said.

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The embellishment call on Andreas Athanasiou during the third period at Little Caesars Arena rankled the team.

“I thought it was going to be a penalty shot,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “When you are going to go on a breakaway, you don’t dive. No chance.

“He literally was on a breakaway. I don’t know how you dive when you are on a breakaway. I disagreed with the call.” ...

“I mean, of course we might be biased,” Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “We see it from one side. The referee thought he went down a little too easy and embellished a little bit. It all depends what side of the fence you’re on. The refs, they’re trying to do their work, they’re doing whatever they can to be as good as possible. You have to have a lot of respect for what they do. 

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Below, post-game interviews and game highlights.

Kronwall, Nielsen, Nyquist and Blashill.

 

 

 

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