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Audio from the Red Wings’ 4-1 win over the Rangers at the Wings’ prospect tournament ‘17

The Detroit Red Wings' prospects will play the St. Louis Blues in the 5th place game on Tuesday at Centre Ice Arena (3:30 PM on Fox Sports GO, DetroitRedWings.com and NHL.com) because the Red Wings won their first tilt of the tournament on Monday night, defeating the New York Rangers 4-1.

Jordan Sambrook, Axel Holmstrom, Dylan Sadowy and Dominik Shine (empty-netter) scored for the Wings, and Matej Machovsky was steady and sound in goal, stopping 32 of 33 shots. The Wings finally got the game's first goal and finally played safer, steadier and simpler hockey, which is necessary to win in a short tournament.

The Wings will attempt to finish the tournament at 2-and-2 with a win tomorrow, and they're starting to look like a team that simply needed more time to gel.

After the game, Axel Holmstrom spoke to myself and DetroitRedWings.com's Art Regner regarding his goal-and-assist performance in the win, which he admitted was more of a relief than anything else, and Holmstrom talked about the pride in the Wings' room and their desire to finish the tournament strongly. He also said that his fake-top-shelf-go-five-hole move on his goal was his go-to move:

Jordan Sambrook, an unlikely hero as the Wings' first goal-scorer, discussed his goal and the fact that he's actually trying to improve his defense as the tournament progresses:

Matej Machovsky spoke at length with myself and Regner, addressing what was a redemptive performance after Friday's loss and discussing his and his teammates' play. Machovsky felt that he had settled back onto the North American-sized rink, and he lauded his teammates for blocking shots and clearing shooting lanes:

Finally, coach Todd Nelson discussed the Red Wings' play in what he felt was a stronger, simpler game from a team that was doing less to try to impress him and more to try to win games. He felt that Sadowy, Givani Smith (who got in a fight from the drop of the puck) and Cholowski were all stand-outs, and he was proud of his team but understood that the tournament won't be a good one for the team unless they win again tomorrow:

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ilovehomers's avatar

The defense looked more steady, organized, disciplined? In the 2nd period but as the game wore on, the Rangers closed the gap. By virtue, goaltending looked better, but where Carolina finished in game 1, the Rangers did not in game 3.

Homer’s goal was a thing of beauty and Svech’s pressure leading to the first goal was great to see.

Posted by ilovehomers on 09/11/17 at 10:54 PM ET

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