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Better But Still A Loss

03/31/2022 at 7:25am EDT

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings were better, but that much needed victory proved elusive.

After getting embarrassed over the weekend in Pittsburgh, and with rumors about coach Jeff Blashill's job security building, the Wings came out Wednesday and took the New York Rangers into overtime before losing 5-4.

At this point, after such a disappointing weekend, the Wings felt good about taking some positive steps.

"Just more of the same feeling (losing a game) but there were positive out of this," captain Dylan Larkin said. "Our work ethic and compete, we had those. It was very important (to battle hard).

"The last game, obviously, it was not even close (to acceptable) and there was a lot of discussion in our locker room, a lot of guys thinking about that last game, and we came out and played hard and had a good response."

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from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

For the previous two days, Blashill and players have talked out the embarrassment of that loss and why this season has gone so wrong. That led to an improved effort against the New York Rangers. But the result was still a 5-4 overtime loss, lowlighted by giving up the tying goal on the power play late in the third period.

The Red Wings showed more resiliency, passion and pushback. But there were still too many defensive lapses. They gave up a goal to Ryan Reaves at 3:29 into the game. He’s not known for his scoring ability. Defenseman Filip Hronek lost the puck at an inopportune time. Hronek finished the game -3.

The Red Wings gave up the tying power play goal by Chris Kreider with 3:38 left in regulation. All told, the Red Wings gained and lost the lead three times.

In overtime, Michigan native Andrew Copp scored the game-winner after Detroit’s Tyler Bertuzzi blew his defensive assignment.

“We gave up four in regulation,” Blashill said. “So that’s not perfect but I thought we were better in a lot of ways defensively. Sunday is Sunday. That was obviously no good but I thought we were way better in a lot of ways. I thought in the third period especially that (Alex Nedeljkovic) was great.”

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