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Jeff Blashill appears on The Fan 590 to talk about the Flames brawl, Wings’ 8-2 win over Calgary

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill appeared on Sportsnet's Hockeycentral at Noon, speaking with Darren Millard, Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean about last night's brawl...among other topics, over the course of a nearly 8-minute interview. Blashill stated that the Wings "won't be pushed around" by other teams, and he praised the performances of Mantha, Larkin and Athanasiou:

Update: Sportsnet's Gary Galley was on Hockeycentral at Noon as well, playing up the Hamonic-Mantha scrap:

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HSJ on Athanasiou, Larkin and Mantha

The Free Press's Helene St. James weighs in on the progress made by Andreas Athanasiou, Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha, who all registered 3 point games against the Calgary FLames last night:

“They are playing fairly complete games which doesn’t just translate to points, it translates to winning,” coach Jeff Blashill said afterward. “That’s a real important thing I think for people to remember — we want winning hockey players, not point players, and they’ve done a real good job of that. They’ve played complete games. They’re obviously really talented guys. We need guys to step up and produce and they’re guys that can do it.”

The brawls that erupted in the third period demanded attention, but the score gave evidence why the Wings are confident they can make their way into the playoff picture even as they are largely the same group that missed out last season.

Mantha had two goals and it is the way he scored them that is encouraging. Both times he was around the net during power plays, using his 6-foot-5, 220-odd pound body as a bulldozer.

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Custance: on Mantha’s big night at the Dough Joe/LCA

The Red Wings engaged in a spirited brawl against the Calgary Flames last night and the Red Wings also thoroughly defeated Calgary on the scoreboard, winning an 8-2 decision. As The Athletic's Craig Custance notes, Anthony Mantha's Gordie Howe Hat Trick hinted at  elite levels of scoring and playmaking as well as the ability to doff gloves and throw 'em:

The truth is, the late-game donnybrook wasn’t the most important development in what was the most entertaining Red Wings game of the season. It was certainly overshadowed, but this game was about Anthony Mantha. And to a lesser extent, his young, talented counterparts Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou.

This win only means anything in the bigger picture of the Red Wings organization if Mantha truly is as good as he suddenly appears to be.

Asked if he was on the prowl for a Gordie Howe hat trick, Mantha smiled and acknowledged he was aware of it. But his mind was on something else

“I was trying to get my hat trick, my normal hat trick before that,” he said.

By this point it was almost an afterthought – he had two goals going into those crazy final five minutes.

All the skills that have made him such an enticing prospect for years were on display.

Custance cntinues...

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Red Wings, Flames waiting on a DoPS decision

From TSN's Darren Dreger...

And The Athletic's Craig Custance:

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Red Wings announce details of Toast of Hockeytown

The Detroit Red Wings have announced the details of this year's Toast of Hockeytown:

18th Annual Toast of Hockeytown tickets now on sale
Annual event takes place on Thursday, Jan. 18 for the first time at Little Caesars Arena

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings Foundation today announced that tickets to the 18th Annual Toast of Hockeytown are now on sale. The exclusive event will be held for the first time on the covered ice at the state-of-the-art Little Caesars Arena on Thursday, Jan. 18 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Only 650 tickets are available for this annually sold-out event that raises funds to benefit the Detroit Red Wings Foundation.

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Video- Dylan Larkin Mic’d Up

via FoxSports Detroit YouTube channel,

Detroit's Dylan Larkin wears a microphone during Wednesday night's rout of Calgary. Hear what he had to say ... and sing.


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Do You Believe In The Detroit Red Wings?

from ESPN,

Why should we believe in the Detroit Red Wings?

Greg Wyshynski: As the poster in Fox Mulder's office read: I Want To Believe. I want to believe in watching the Red Wings (9-8-2) that we're watching a burgeoning star in 23-year-old Anthony Mantha, who has more than half the points (19) that he scored last season (36) in 41 fewer games. I want to believe that Dylan Larkin is having the rebound year we hoped for him. I want to believe that Henrik Zetterberg gets one more run. And that Jimmy Howard is as good as that .930 save percentage.

Alas, I can't. They're better than expected, fun to watch and at the very least have quieted the talk about coach Jeff Blashill's job security momentarily. But they're a slightly-below-average possession team, a little leaky defensively and I don't expect Mantha to shoot 20.4 percent this season. If nothing else, they've offered some hope for the future, which is great, because they might still be mired in salary-cap hell in 2018-19, with Larkin and Mantha both coming off their entry-level deals.

Emily Kaplan: This week, I spent time with Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz for a larger project I'm working on. We began talking about the challenges of sustaining success, and Wirtz said this: "I always looked at Detroit, the 25 years straight they were in the playoffs.


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Videos- Extended Game Highlights And The 3rd Door

Over 11 minutes of highlights from the 8-2 Wings win over the Flames.



Below, the 3rd, sealed door on the benches at LCA...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Flames wrap-up—fight night at the Dough Joe

The Red Wings and Calgary Flames got into a big brawl in Detroit's 8-2 victory over the Calgary Flames, and there is some irony in the fact that the brawl--which may or may not yield a 10-game suspension for Luke Witkowski for exiting the bench to participate in a fight--took away from what may have been the Wings' most complete performance of the season.

The Red Wings played smart, simple, speedy hockey, and the word I ended up using the most in the quick take to describe the Wings' speed up ice was raced. This Red Wings team looks damn fast in transition and on the rush when it chooses to play with pace.

So there was a brawl (with some hilarious commentary by the Flames' broadcasters)...

And our friends from Sportsnet weighed in on the possible suspensions (see: Luke Witkowski may be due for a 10-game sit-down)...

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Red Wings-Flames quick take: A Gordie Howe Mantha Trick and fights and brawls! 8-2 Wings win!

The Detroit Red Wings hoped to assuage a loss at the Saddledome when they took on the Calgary Flames at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday, with the Wings aiming to both rebound from a shootout loss to Columbus and snap the Flames' 2-game wining streak.

The Red Wings dismantled the Flames, winning 8-2, and as you will see below, the Red Wings also got into a serious-ass brawl with the Flames.

This wasn't even all of it:

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