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Playing For Each Other

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Twice this season the Detroit Red Wings have gotten into a bit of a slide, and both times they’ve righted themselves before the damage festered.

That’s a sign of growth from a team where the core group ranges from early-to-mid 20s, and signs of a close-knit group in the locker room. The Wings (10-9-3) take on the Bruins in Boston Tuesday having strung together two victories following a four-game winless skid, similarly to how they rebounded from a l slump at the start of November by winning three in a row.

“I think for the first time in a while here we’ve really bought into playing for each other and doing everything to close games out,” captain Dylan Larkin said. “It’s not going to be pretty every time but we did it. And when things don’t go well, we get back to home ice, we get back to playing our game. We really tried to focus on an identity early in the season and we know what that is and we know that when we do that, it makes us successful.”...

“I think it’s guys coming in with their attitudes,” Larkin said when asked to elaborate. “We have guys that have been here for a little bit that are still young players, we have new young players that came in with a fresh start and a hunger to help the team and an excitement to be in Detroit and be a Red Wing. We have older players that have been there and done that, and they really guide the young players. It’s been a special feeling and we need to keep it going and we need to continue to get better.”

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