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Compete Level Up, Power Play Remains Cold

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

If you’re going to lose, don’t go down without a battle.

That has been the message from Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill. His team lost again Saturday, 4-1 to the Florida Panthers at Little Caesars Arena, but Blashill was glad players competed and scrapped in a chippy, physical, penalty-filled game.

“It was physical and lots of jawing and lots of stuff behind the play and a lot of emotion,” Blashill said. “I’m 100 percent good with that. We could have had ourselves a line brawl and it would have been even better.

“I’m just kidding.”

The problem, nothing new, was the Red Wings’ failure to capitalize on the power play, going 0 for 7, wasting more than 12 minutes on the man-advantage.

They squandered Jimmy Howard’s second solid outing in as many nights, a 34-save performance.


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Two tough opponents on consecutive nights and the Red Wings certainly didn't embarrass themselves.

But they still couldn't earn victories.

Twenty-four hours after losing to Pittsburgh in overtime, the Red Wings dropped a 4-1 decision Saturday against Florida in a rare back-to-back set at Little Caesars Arena.

The difference in this game? The Red Wings were 0-for-7 on the power play, while Florida was able to convert on its sixth attempt, Aleksander Barkov's 15th goal, at 13 minutes, 5 seconds of the third period, giving the Panthers a 3-1 lead.


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