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Not Their Best Night But The Wings Find A Way To Win In Overtime

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Defenseman Moritz Seider scored his third goal of the season - and second overtime game-winner Saturday - leading the Wings to a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders.

Seider's one-timer from the left dot at 3 minutes, 33 seconds of overtime extended the Red Wings' (13-9-3) win streak to five games - and they've earned points in six games (5-0-1).

"It wasn't our best game but we have that swagger now and that confidence and our ability to stick together and win those games," Seider said.

Maybe it was the skates that Seider wore that spurred that overtime goal?

"Actually I just tried them out this morning and they felt pretty good, so I was feeling it a little bit," said Seider, who played a career- and season-high 27 minutes, 19 seconds.

Seider became the first rookie defenseman in franchise history, and the fifth rookie blueliner in NHL history, to net multiple overtime goals in a single season. Seider is also the only rookie in the NHL this season with multiple overtime winners.

"Nobody wants to go to overtime," Seider said. "But it's always nice to get a little more time and space on the ice and you play against the best players, so it's always a treat to be out there."

Said coach Jeff Blashill of Seider: "He has a belief in himself and he has a real good skill set. He's been a big piece of the infusion of talent here and that's been a big reason we have been able to find ways to win games."

The five-game win streak is the longest the Wings have had since a six-game run from March 23 to April 2, 2019.

"I don't think there's any doubt when you win and you're successful you gain confidence," Blashill said. "Just like an individual player that gets points, you get confidence. The thing I would say, in this league, confidence is fleeting, so we have to keep earning it every game."

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Below are the extended game highlights.

added 4:16am, Nine minutes of coach Blashill is below.

Long version of Blashill postgame


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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The rookie defenseman has three goals and 17 points. He also scored in OT in a 4-3 win at Buffalo on Nov. 6.

“He’s a realty talented player, so his skill-set it suited for it,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “Poise, swagger, those things are important on any kind of player that aspires to be an elite player. You got to have swagger and he’s got it. I also think part of the reason he has a belief in himself is he’s got a really good skill-set. He’s been a big piece of the infusion of the talent here and that’s been a big reason we’ve been able to find ways to win games.”

“I think with Moritz, one of the things we would have said he needed to get better at the past couple of years would be his one-timer,” Blashill said. “He shoots a pretty good wrist shot, but we felt the one-timer is something that definitely needs to get better. And he’s worked at it. That’s what the really good players do, they work and get rewarded. He’s got a good swagger to him, too, a way of rising to the moment. He certainly rose to the moment.”

Givani Smith logged only 7:57 of ice time but did a lot during that time. He assisted on Sam Gagner’s goal and capped a nice individual effort to score his second goal of the season, which gave his team a 3-2 lead at 13:19 of the second period.

Smith blocked Scott Mayfield’s shot from near the point, swatted the puck away from him, chased it down and whipped in a wrist shot.

“I think when you defend well, you’re rewarded with offense and that’s what Givani was,” Blashill said.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/05/21 at 09:38 AM ET

Steeb's avatar

I thought that was Zadina when he shot it, what a snipe! I’d love it if Mo shot the puck a little more, which I’m sure he will. He had a couple of open looks, esp on the PP, and he passed instead. Hope he gets the confidence to fire it on net more, bkz he certainly doesn’t lack that quality in any other aspect of his game.

Posted by Steeb on 12/05/21 at 04:02 PM ET

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