from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The frustration was clear from the Detroit Red Wings following Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers.
Ben Chiarot and Andrew Copp looked exasperated and coach Derek Lalonde expressed it.
“This will be as frustrating, these two losses, because it’s execution in an execution area, and that’s special teams,” Lalonde said. “Our five-on-five, I’m not going to say excellent, but the last two games has been really good. All four lines creating offense, all four lines generating, competing, driving offense, zone time. This will be a frustrating game analytically looking back. The people in the front office working analytics are going to tell us we should have won this game.”
They didn’t, and also lost Wednesday against New Jersey (5-1) due to poor special teams.
The Panthers got a pair of power-play goals from Aaron Ekblad while Detroit went 0 for 5 on the man-advantage (seven shots in 7:37).
“Five-on-five we’re a pretty good team right now,” Chiarot said. “I’d say we carried the play for the most part five-on-five. And then we give one up on the PK and we’re kind of on our heels most of the game after that. That’s kind of killing us right now.”
What gnaws at Lalonde is these two games against quality teams on home ice were there for the taking.
“If we get any execution on our special teams -- I’m not going to go as far as saying this is an easy win -- but it’s a winnable hockey game,” Lalonde said. “Frustrating. Give the guys some credit, our five-on-five play was good. Unfortunately, not a whole lot to show for it.”
Below find the post game videos.