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Wings Refuse To Be Pushed Around

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings’ first two games have been chippy, with players getting in each other’s faces and roughing it up, scrums after the whistle, and just a whole lot of volatility.

The message they’re sending is they’re not going to stand by idly or turn the other cheek if they feel they are being abused physically.

“We got each other’s backs,” Filip Zadina said. “That’s the most important thing on the ice. We’re showing them we’re a team.”

Zadina was shaken up but escaped serious injury Saturday on a hit to the head from Conor Garland during the third period of the Red Wings’ 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Little Caesars Arena.

It triggered a skirmish, one of several that happened two nights after Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin sustained injury after being checked into the glass by Tampa Bay’s Mathieu Joseph.

“I think you’ve seen it pretty early that we’re pretty tight in the room,” Marc Staal said. “You do something to one of us, it affects all of us and we’re all going to jump in and stick up for each other. It was good to see tonight, and we’ll continue to play that way.”

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RWBill's avatar

Actually we read the same thing about last year’s team too, they would stand up for each other.  The NHL and the refs could be more consistent in calling penalties for plays that are dangerous to players and not so much for a hand being on the hip of an opposing player.  Also if players want to go at it, let them, instead of aggressively jumping in the middle of every developing Why I Oughta.

Posted by RWBill on 10/17/21 at 08:49 AM ET

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Blash has yelled at the refs angrily many times, but you can cry wolf too many times and end up like NFL refs completely ignoring the coach yelling in their ears the entire game.

Glad to win but being outshot 2:1 means that they really do need to be better defensively and also spend more time in the other teams’ end.  The optimism of one win in two games shouldn’t get too high as the win was mostly due to the goaltender, and if anything can be learned in two games, and maybe it can’t, it’s that other teams still can force their will on the Wings in the third period.

Posted by RWBill on 10/17/21 at 08:51 AM ET

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It triggered a skirmish, one of several that happened two nights after Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin sustained injury after being checked into the glass by Tampa Bay’s Mathieu Joseph.

“I think you’ve seen it pretty early that we’re pretty tight in the room,” Marc Staal said. “You do something to one of us, it affects all of us and we’re all going to jump in and stick up for each other. It was good to see tonight, and we’ll continue to play that way.”

Maybe I have unreasonable expectations but a “skirmish” after a dirty or dangerous play isn’t really going to do crap to prevent this stuff from continuing to happen. This team is soft and other teams are going to capitalize on the fact the league wont call some penalties.

Unfortunately the way to get it to stop is for a regular on the roster (not one time call ups) to make a bad retribution hit and thus get suspended themself. Or for the refs to start enforcing rules. Neither is likely.

Posted by TreKronor on 10/17/21 at 09:46 AM ET

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The Detroit Way:

https://youtu.be/cjOPLTTjnwc

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 10/17/21 at 10:13 AM ET

SauceBoss's avatar

Found this TSN bit about them talking about the Larkin/joseph incident. Button gets Lark’s and Bert’s injuries mixed up but they still agree that joseph should have been suspended/disciplined and can’t believe Larkin is.

Larkin part starts at 5:04

https://youtu.be/UkXXh9rUqU8

Posted by SauceBoss on 10/17/21 at 01:57 PM ET

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I always thought the best way to avoid cheap shots was to have a feared power play, something the Wings haven’t had in years. Admittedly, that approach requires the officials to call penalties.

Posted by evileye on 10/18/21 at 10:14 AM ET

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