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01/25/2023 at 9:44am EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Andrew Copp lost the offensive-zone face-off, but Michael Rasmussen swooped in to corral the puck, took it to the net and got a few whacks at it before his teammate buried the rebound.

Copp’s goal 25 seconds into overtime Tuesday gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Little Caesars Arena, and Rasmussen’s play, on the winning goal and throughout the night, earned effusive praise from his coach.

“We rarely single out a guy for effort, especially the way we’re built because it literally feels every time we win it’s a complete team effort, but Ras tonight – and he was nicked up, you could tell he wasn’t 100 percent – he forechecked, he finished. Even the overtime goal, he jumps a San Jose face-off win and ends up getting three jabs at it before it ends up on Copp’s stick for the open-netter. What an effort for him.”

Rasmussen scored his eighth goal of the season to give his team a 2-1 lead at 16:29 of the second and shortly after was shaken up during a collision with Jaycob Megna. Rasmussen labored to get to the bench and was clearly in pain while being attended to by trainer Piet Van Zant.

But he didn’t miss any shifts and delivered in overtime, which hasn’t been kind to the Red Wings (3-5).

“I think we just won a battle, were hard in the net front and one went in,” Rasmussen said. “Just found a way. That’s all.”

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Below find Bob Duff on why the Wings need to keep winning, post game interviews and extended game highlights.

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Was Andrew Copp’s overtime winner on Tuesday the biggest goal of the season for the Detroit Red Wings? In the grand scheme of things when all is said and done, probably not.

It is, however, a worthy clubhouse leader.

January sure seems like too early a juncture in the NHL season to be holding a discussion about must-win games. And yet, in the case of the Red Wings, there certainlly seems cause for justification of this notion.

Starting Tuesday, Detroit was looking down a gauntlet of three very winnable games. Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on home ice was a good start toward what seems like a a trio of games that must conclude with Detroit collecting the maximum six points.

Thursday, the Wings go to Montreal to face the Canadiens. The following night they are on Long Island for a date with the New York Islanders.

The Sharks and Canadiens are NHL bottom feeders. The Islanders are still in the Eastern Conference playoff chase, but that objective is fast slipping away from them following a 1-6-3 skid over their past 10 games.

Detroit, three points behind the Islanders and eight points out of a Wild Card spot in the East, needs to put the figurative dagger through all three of these teams. For starters, the Red Wings came perilously close to not getting their way against San Jose.

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Rasmussen, Copp and Lalonde

Extended highlights


evileye

Going into the break I thought the Wings needed to win 3 of 4 games to have any chance at staying in the playoff race. Losing the first to the Flyers didn't help. A win over the Sharks did. Now they need to win 2 more, ideally in regulation.

Even if they do this it'll be a tough goal but stringing together a couple of wins will at least keep them in the hunt. Otherwise, might as well shift focus to what trades can be made to make the team better in the fall. 

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