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A Good Week And The Best Russian Player

11/14/2021 at 7:23am EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The mood surrounding the Detroit Red Wings changed dramatically in one week, culminated by Saturday’s 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Dylan Larkin’s overtime goal.

Just seven days before, the Red Wings were riding a four-game winless streak, had difficulty scoring and weren’t sure when Larkin would return after being away for personal reasons.

“We sat in Buffalo, and we talked on the ice in practice,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “We talked about the fact that the week prior, we had a ton of confidence. And then all of a sudden, we had not much confidence. I thought that third period in Buffalo was huge, the end of it, how good Tyler (Bertuzzi) played there. We’ve picked up steam from there.”

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Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press answers a fan question today, 'Who's better, Sergei Fedorov or Alex Ovechkin'?

Fedorov’s career was never the same after he ditched the Wings in 2003 and went to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, where he lasted less than two seasons before being traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. He eventually landed with the Capitals, finishing his NHL career in 2009 with 1,179 points in 1,248 games.

Had Fedorov stayed and played until 2012, the same year fellow 1989 draft-classmate Nicklas Lidstrom retired, the Wings probably would have won a couple more Stanley Cups. After Yzerman retired in 2006, and the 2002 hockey gods team disbanded, the Wings had budding stars in forwards Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk and defenseman Niklas Kronwall.

To me, there has not been a better Russian in the NHL than No. 91.

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Below are the extended highlights of last night's win over Montreal.

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