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A Disappointing Loss And Seider's Shift

01/01/2022 at 9:07am EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Rust wasn’t an issue Friday in the Detroit Red Wings’ first game in 13 days. They played well defensively, generated enough scoring chances in coach Jeff Blashill’s estimation, and got good goaltending.

But they skated off without a point because they didn’t make a play at the right time while the Washington Capitals did in a 3-1 victory at Little Caesars Arena.

Alex Ovechkin snapped a 1-1 tie with 2:50 remaining in the third period, just as a late interference penalty on Robby Fabbri expired. Ovechkin then wrapped it up with an empty-net goal in the final minute,

“I thought we played well enough to win the hockey game, put ourselves in position to win,” Blashill said.

“You’re super-disappointed. You want to find a way to win the game. We’re sitting there with the game to be had. Unfortunately, they made the play late and we didn’t.”

continued

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

During one shift in the third period, Red Wings rookie defenseman Moritz Seider was displaying his mean streak. He twice flattened Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway and also took out Washington forward Nic Dowd.

“He’s impressive to me,” Staal said. “He plays hard. He’s so good with the puck and he’s just getting better and better every day.”

However, Blashill would’ve been happier were Seider to call an end to the altercations after knocking Dowd to the ice. Instead, a post-whistle dust up ensued, ending in unsportsmanlike conduct penalties to both Dowd and Seider.

“I thought it was great until it went four-on-four,” Blashill said. “We’ve talked about the fact he’s got toughness to him. He takes people on, he’s got a chip on his shoulder that way.

“I would just like him to at the very end skate to the bench because I don’t want to lose him. I don’t think it’s an equal loss there.”

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