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Video- A Much Needed Win For The Detroit Red Wings

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

"This was a big win, especially at home after getting shut out the last game," said Bertuzzi, who added two assists. "We showed up and the guys had a real good game."

The Wings also dominated the specialty-teams battle with the Bertuzzi and Fabbri power-play goals, while killing all five power plays for the Sabres (11-20-6).

The power play has struggled, but now has scored in three of the last four games.

"It (power play) was great, we made some good little plays and we supported each other all over the ice," Bertuzzi said. "We played pretty good. It was a weird game, not much five-on-five, a lot of penalties, but we played good."

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill would like the power-play unit to build off these recent successes.

"Hopefully that just continues to build confidence," Blashill said. "Confidence matters, and special teams was a huge factor tonight. The power play gave us the lead early, and we played a very good first period, then we got in trouble in the second but the PK did an excellent job not giving them momentum."


Below, Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now plus the extended game highlights.

“I think ultimately the guys looked like they had way more juice tonight,” Blashill said. “There’s no doubt about it. I think they felt that it was a needed day off and we ended up making a decision to do it and obviously it paid off.

“The guys came out with tons of energy.”

For the first time this season, Blashill broke up his top line. He made the decision of dropping Tyler Bertuzzi down to the second line with Pius Suter and Robby Fabbri. Vladislav Namestnikov was elevated to play with Dylan Larkin and Lucas Raymond.

“I thought Vladdy did a real good job,” Blashill said. “He’s deserved the opportunity. I think he’s played very good hockey overall He can make enough plays.

“He’s smart enough to play with those guys. And he’s also a good net-front guy, kind of in a slippery way.”

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings look like they may have hit on a formula for having two scoring lines.

Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi have such sparkling chemistry it’s tough to pull them apart, but their split is why the Wings head into Monday’s matinee rematch in Buffalo feeling good about themselves. Almost everything about Saturday’s 4-0 win over the Sabres at Little Caesars Arena was a positive — the special teams play, goalie Alex Nedeljkovic earning a shutout with his grandparents in the stands — and especially so the fact that both of the top lines created scoring chances. ...

In an effort to spark the second line, Bertuzzi was the latest to audition next to Pius Suter and Robby Fabbri. Bertuzzi aced the test.

“I think Bert can help any line he goes on,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “He can really help. Bert, Fabs and Suits, they looked like they had good chemistry. I thought they were really good. You have a really smart playmaking center, you have a really good shooter in Fabs who plays hard, and you have a guy who can do a little bit of everything, including going to the net hard and being hard on pucks, so I like the makeup of that line.

“Ultimately as we’ve gone through this, too many chances were only generated by the Larkin line. We felt we needed more, and we were looking for it from that line with Fabs and Suits, and Bert definitely filled that role great.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/16/22 at 07:58 AM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

A good win over a team that should have beat. Hopefully they can repeat tomorrow.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 01/16/22 at 11:46 AM ET

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Didn’t watch the game, a good thing I maybe a jinx!  However watched the highlights on you tube,  Wings seemed to be more energetic and less sluggish.  Seemed to have the play a lot but still gave up serious chances.  Not getting too excited because of the opponents on the road, will compare the return match in Buffalo.  Will the win be cancelled out or can we go on a winning streak?  Need to make changes definitely for next year,  I hope mgt.  is doing team analysis and team needs.  We need 1 grade A, d-man to go with Seider, Hronek and Edvinsson.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 01/16/22 at 01:45 PM ET

SYF's avatar

A good win over a team that should have beat. Hopefully they can repeat tomorrow.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 01/16/22 at 10:46 AM ET

It’s a trap.

Yeah, I’m sick of saying it, but as much hope as this team has, playing down to a team they should beat but don’t is infuriating.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 01/17/22 at 12:55 AM ET

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