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by Paul on 03/09/14 at 07:38 AM ET
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Rangers have defeated the Red Wings twice. They won 3-2 on Derick Brassard’s overtime goal on Oct. 26 at Joe Louis Arena and 1-0 on Jan. 16 at Madison Square Garden, when Henrik Lundqvist 38 saves and Mats Zuccarello scored with 5:58 remaining in the third period.
The first meeting between these clubs is one of nine games the Red Wings have lost when leading after two periods (three in regulation, six in overtime or a shootout)....
Said forward Justin Abdelkader: “You got to stick with your structure, can’t have mental mistakes late in the game. Unfortunately, pucks are finding a way to go in. so we just got to play within our system, don’t do anyone else’s job. We don’t need to sit back, we need to keep pushing forward.”
Coach Mike Babcock said one of the reasons for the blown leads is his team can’t score enough – the past five games notwithstanding (20 goals).
“If you don’t score enough then games are closer than they need to be so teams are always in the game,” Babcock said. “We don’t put you away. … That’s been the theme all year.”
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