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Another Home Loss For The Detroit Red Wings

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings were pointing at this five-game home stand as an opportunity to right themselves a bit.

But, no such luck. Detroit lost its third of those five games at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday, falling 3-2 to Montreal and continuing a rough stretch in the schedule....

“We gave away three easy goals,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “We shoot ourselves in the foot, we have to work like dogs to get our goals, and we give away three easy ones.

“It’s hard to score every night. You can’t give away goals.”

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings might have been tempted to part with Andreas Athanasiou in the past due to his lack of consistent engagement and an extended contract dispute.

They wisely resisted that temptation, if it was even there. Players with Athanasiou’s elite-level speed and finishing ability aren’t easy to find. His scoring is crucial for a team that doesn’t generate a lot of offense....

Athanasiou has 17 goals in 39 games. That’s one short of his career high in 2016-17 and one more than he scored in 71 games last season.

“We talk about guys who have an X-factor,” Niklas Kronwall said. “He’s a guy that can score a goal out of nowhere. Just the way he skates, he’s going to get opportunities because of the talent that he is.”

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Below, watch post-game interviews and game highlights.

Kronwall, Athanasiou, Howard and Blashill.






Mickey Redmond with Tyler Bertuzzi.




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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Dan Petry is a local hero, a pitcher who helped the Detroit Tigers win the World Series in 1984 but he was playing the proud father role Tuesday night as he watched his son, Jeff, score the winning goal in the Canadiens’ 3-2 win over the Red Wings.

“I know he’s scored some goals against the Red Wings in Montreal, but this is the first one he’s scored here,” the elder Petry said. “And I had a chance to see him win a game here. They didn’t win any games (here) when he was with Edmonton.”...

Jeff Petry said scoring his first goal in Detroit was special, and the fact that it was the game-winner made it even more so.

“I grew up playing for Little Caesars and rooting for the Red Wings so it’s always special coming back and being able to play in front of family and friends,” Petry said…

It was also a homecoming for Tomas Tatar, who picked up his second assist of the night on Petry’s goal. Tatar began his NHL career in Detroit and said he always enjoyed playing in the city….

The Red Wings have billed Detroit as Hockeytown, but the move to Little Caesars Arena last season hasn’t been enough to produce sellouts for a team that is on the wane. There were pockets of empty seats throughout the arena and the announced crowd size of 18,898 appeared to be wishful thinking.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/09/19 at 09:47 AM ET

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