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Wings Won’t Back Down

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

"When you really care about each other and see something happen to one of your teammates, you get over emotional,” Blashill said. “I’d rather have that than have guys that don’t like each other. We got a whole bunch of guys that care about each other."

Blashill has liked the way the Wings have stood up to the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Canucks in consecutive games.

"We want to be a unit that comes every single day and fights together and wins together," Blashill said. " I mean fighting to find ways to win hockey games. We’ve done a good job over two games so far in terms of competitiveness.”

Both Tampa and Vancouver appeared to want to get into chippy, physical games against the Wings. If more teams want to do that, the Wings are ready.

“It’s reactionary when you see one of your teammates get hurt,” Staal said.

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