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A2Y- A Good Win For The Wings

03/12/2023 at 6:06pm EDT

from Nolan Bianchi of the Detroit News,

"Great win. Really happy with it," Red Wings head coach Derek Lalonde said. "We got rewarded today with an outcome, but our six periods on a whole, I thought, were great. Outside of the second period (Saturday) when we were really on our heels, I'm really proud of the guys and the effort and the approach this weekend."

"There's a lot of pride in our locker room and (this weekend was) a huge opportunity, huge test ... for us, that's how we looked at it," Larkin said. "We got back-to-back games with the same team, a team that's on a record pace. We had a great two games. ... I thought both games, we battled hard."...

"We're up 4-1 after the second period, and we were feeling good about the start of our third," Lalonde said. "But I really thought we were leaning towards scoring our fifth goal instead of just keeping them from scoring their second. We gave up two really easy goals to make it 4-3.

"It was really disappointing and a little immature of our group, which is fine. We're still trying to grow. But if we're ever going to get somewhere as an organization — if we put ourselves in those situations, we will have to manage that much better.

"The good teams — the great teams — they manage those much better."

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from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Defenseman Moritz Seider said he “was surprised as everyone else” when he used a backhander to beat Boston Bruins goalie Jeremy Swayman for a key goal Sunday.

“It’s not something I practice on a daily basis, that’s for sure,” Seider said. “Just saw a big gap there, saw a hole, jumped in it.”

Dylan Larkin didn’t like Seider’s portrayal. He’s been watching Seider mature into one of the league’s premium defensemen. He knows Seider has elite instincts, skill and a propensity for delivering big-time play. Seider’s goal, at 6:34 of the second period, gave the Red Wings a jolt of confidence on the way to a 5-3 win against the top-seeded Boston Bruins.

“He’s not giving himself enough credit for how nice that was,” Larkin said. “It got the bench going for sure.”

Seider stripped the puck from David Pastrnak and raced down the ice to score the goal.

Seider is the first Detroit defenseman, age 21 and under, to score a shorthanded goal since Steve Chiasson did it twice in the 1988-89 season. He is the first Detroit defenseman of any age to score a shorthanded goal since 2018 when Trevor Daley scored . Seider added an assist for his seventh multi-point game of the season. Seider now also has 15 career multi-point game, passing Nicklas Lidstrom for the Detroit record by a defensemen who are 21 and under. Since Jan.10, Seider has 22 points and is +6 in 28 games.

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from Nolan Bianchi of the Detroit News,

Detroit dropped the first game of the series with the Bruins on Saturday in Boston, 3-2, but rebounded to steal a 5-3 win at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday.

More important than the result, Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin said, was a feeling that the team's emotional roller coaster is behind them. There's still hockey to be played — 16 games, to be exact — and there will be no cruise to the finish line. Even after a pair of games against Boston, Detroit has the seventh-hardest strength of schedule remaining.

"The one game against Chicago, where we had two practice days before and after, was pretty big for us to reset and just kind of get our minds focused on what we have to do to finish out the season," Larkin said. "The emotions are kind of behind us and we can just play now."

Larkin is talking about is the challenge of a professional: Every year, players in every sport are met with stark reminders that "this is a business." Nobody wants to hear that emotions can get in the way of performance — and yet, it does. But according to defenseman Moritz Seider, those emotional swings can help as much as they hurt.

"It took us a little bit longer, probably, (to get over the deadline deals) than last year," Seider said. "Obivoulsy, two really big players for our organization and even better friends that we lost. But now we have to move on.

"I think it's even more fun winning without those guys, to just show how much character’s in that locker room."

No matter how Detroit's schedule looks the rest of the way, Red Wings head coach Derek Lalonde is more concerned with

"I think it's about us. When you play an opponent like that, of course, it's a little bit of a measuring stick. Lalonde said. "... We're gonna make big games internally for ourselves. Obviously a little easier to get up for an opponent like that, but it's about us. It's about our game.

"When we're playing well, we're just playing the right way. We're not shooting pucks over. ... We're taking away time and space. We're not giving up anything easy. And no matter who we play, for the most part, tonight, we did that."

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from Kevin Paul Depont of the Boston Globe,

The clock rolled ahead by an hour overnight Saturday, and the Bruins arrived for a Sunday matinee with their watches, minds. and legs all standing still, adding up to a 5-3 loss to the Red Wings less than 24 hours after the Black and Gold officially clinched a berth in the upcoming Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Red Wings, 3-2 losers on Causeway Street on Saturday afternoon, ran off to a 4-0 lead by late in the second period, then withstood a late Bruins pushback that included a David Pastrnak goal (No. 46) that pulled the visitors to within a goal, 4-3, with 13:36 remaining in regulation.

But that’s where Sisyphus ran out of steam for the Bruins, who saw their special teams picked apart for two power-play goals, along with the second Red Wings shorthander in just over 24 hours. Andrew Copp then slid home an empty-netter with 24 ticks to go, dropping the Bruins’ league-leading record to 50-10-5.

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“Nice to see us have a push, make a game of it,” said Bruins coach Jim Montgomery, who helped spark the offensive with second- and third-period line juggling. “But it was too little, too late.”

Montgomery did not buy the idea that fatigue, be it mental or physical, was a reason for his club’s slow, listless start in Little Caesars Arena.

“Shouldn’t be,” he noted. “They had a lot of jump in their legs and beat us to every loose puck, so, you know … and we found it in the third.”



That was a SIGNIFICANT win for Derek LaLonde.  Had we lost that game after being up 4-0, he may have lost the team for the rest of the season, and the B's missed 2 back door tap ins, and Husso made 2 game saving saves. 

As much as I liked Sonny, and I know its only a few games, but Alex Chiasson appears to be the best net front guy we've had on this team in some time.  If he continues to be someone that has to be accounted for and is willing to do the job of screening as needed, Yzerman has to consider bringing him back, minimum vet deal, 13th forward type guy, in and out of the lineup as needed based on his play and the PP.


I am with you on Chiasson so far. Well spoken hard working player and been impressive as a net front presence. 

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