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Detroit’s Compete Level Raised In Win Over Carolina

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Goaltender Jonathan Bernier stopped 29 shots to earn the win, as the Wings salvaged a split in the season-opening two-game series.

"We competed extremely hard, that's the level of compete you need in order to have a chance to win in this league," coach Jeff Blashill said. "That was the biggest thing that stood out for me. Between our work ethic and compete, I was real happy.

"The other thing is, we were deeper as a team. We had four lines going pretty hard, not everybody gets as much ice time as they'd like, but all four lines were going and all six defensemen went well. Ultimately, we'll have to win that way."

The Wings’ last victory? March 8, 2020, when they defeated eventual Stanley Cup champion Tampa 5-4 in a shootout — a few days before the pandemic closed most every sport.

And considering the sluggish way the Wings opened the season against Carolina, Saturday's victory was needed and felt good.

"We got timely goals and we outplayed a great team," Larkin said.


Watch the extended game highlights below.

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

“A year ago when we got scored on, it felt like we got scored on 10 times,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “When they tied the game up a year ago, it felt like we were going to lose. Instead, we did a good job of just keeping playing. We come right out and score and that’s a huge response, and we responded again with the game-winning goal.

“Part of that is fresh faces, part of that is maturity, and part of that is just a long time between seasons.”

Ryan, along with fellow new additions in Vladislav Namestnikov, Troy Stecher, Jon Merrill and Marc Staal provide stability and depth. In Thursday’s opener, new goaltender Thomas Greiss did everything he could to give his teammates a chance to rally.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/17/21 at 08:17 AM ET

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via David Hogg at NHL.com,

“It was a tough start for us,” Svechnikov said. “We’ve got to prepare better and have a better warmup.”

Trocheck said, “They did their homework after the first game and switched things up. If we compete like we did in Game 1, we have a chance, but they wanted it more than we did tonight.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/17/21 at 08:58 AM ET

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Alex Biega on waivers, trying to get him to the taxi squad.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/17/21 at 12:12 PM ET


That must mean Djoos is coming.

Posted by PresidentJoeByzerman on 01/17/21 at 01:29 PM ET

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Yep, Blashill said in his media call Djoos out of quarantine tomorrow.  Now in the same boat as Helm, must get into playing shape.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/17/21 at 01:37 PM ET


Compete is great, and so are big plays by leaders, but getting outshot by 10 is no way to win games.  Djoos might help.

Posted by captaineclectic on 01/17/21 at 01:54 PM ET

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Let’s see how much difference they really showed when they can string together some wins (hell, I’ll take an OTW for that matter) rather than win one or two and then lose 4 of the next 5 games.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 01/17/21 at 02:52 PM ET

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