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Consistent Secondary Scoring Would Be Welcomed

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Secondary scoring from a reliable second line is vital for the Detroit Red Wings, something they lacked a season ago.

More nights like Saturday will solve that issue.

Bobby Ryan, in his Red Wings debut, opened the scoring early in the second period, a key goal that alleviated some pressure for a team that had gone scoreless in four periods until then. Robby Fabbri snapped a tie by scoring what proved to be the winning goal with 2:42 remaining in the third period. Filip Zadina made nice passes to set up both goals.

The 4-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes was the first time the line had been together since early in training camp, before Ryan was injured.

“They all have the offensive ability to be a top-six type line in the NHL,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “You hope they can feed off each other, you hope their offensive acumen complements each other. We needed to make sure Fabbri can play with the tenacity to get the puck, that Zadina can play with the tenacity to go get the puck. Bobby has a lot of experience and can help those guys in a lot of situations.


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