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Two Quick Goals Against Hurt The Wings

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings allowed two quick third-period goals in a holiday matinee, allowing Columbus to escape with a 3-2 victory Monday at Little Caesars Arena.

Detroit head coach Jeff Blashill, left, talks with assistant coach Dan Bylsma in the second period of Monday's game.
"The second half of the game we stopped getting behind them and defended a little more, but we certainly had our chances," coach Jeff Blashill said. "Two games in a row we've given up too many chances.

"We have to make sure we limit some of those chances against."..

"We've given up some goals but we've played the right way," forward Dylan Larkin said. "We've had lots of communication, lots of puck support. We've got out of our zone pretty efficiently.


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from Brett McWethy of the Wings website,

The Columbus Blue Jackets scored three unanswered goals after the Detroit Red Wings jumped out to a 1-0 lead, and secured their first win of the season, 3-2, at Little Caesars Arena on Monday afternoon.

For the second consecutive home series, the Red Wings (1-2) dropped the opening game. Detroit and Columbus will wrap up the series on Tuesday night at Little Caesars Arena.

In a tightly contested game between the new division rivals, Detroit outshot the Blue Jackets, 37-29. Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo made 35 saves to record his first win of the season, while Red Wings’ netminder Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots, but fell to 0-2 in the early campaign.

“I thought we competed hard, to a pretty good level,” said Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill. “We’ve got to keep competing at that really, really high level. I thought the first part of the game, we played real good. I don’t think they were playing to the top of their game in the first (period), but I thought we were skating really good. I thought the second half of the game, they seemed to find their legs and skated us a little bit as the game went along. So we’ve got to be better as the game goes along.”


from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings earned a man advantage a minute into the second period when Dylan Larkin drew an interference penalty on David Savard. Neither power play unit distinguished itself, spending more time chasing the puck than getting set up and trying to score. A second power play, coming in the third period after the Wings had fallen behind by two goals, also yielded no shots on net.

It is early in the season, but the Wings went 0-for-4 on power plays in their first two games and only generated three shots on net.

more on the game

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/18/21 at 05:36 PM ET

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One great period does not a full game make.

Whatever that abomination of a power play that we’ve been subjected to for the past couple of seasons is not going to cut it.

Having a top-line winger playing inattentive hockey has got to result in some TOI reduction (at least if you weren’t being coached by a guy in his lame-duck session…).

There are some exciting features on the team this season, and we’ve seen bits and pieces of them to date.  But so far the results are a fair representation of the team as it currently stands.  It’s certainly possible that there’s some gel left to form after the four-new-players-on-D, 50% overhaul of the netminder position, and three-new-forwards develop some chemistry.  I’m certainly going to keep tuning in.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 01/18/21 at 09:50 PM ET

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