from John Niyo of the Detroit News,
The shorter the career, the longer the memory. And the harder it can be, for a young player like Dennis Cholowski, to forget a poor shift or a bad period or a loss like the one the Red Wings suffered Tuesday night to the Ottawa Senators.
A miserable second period saw a 2-1 lead turn into a 4-2 deficit for the home team at Little Caesars Arena, and Cholowski, the Wings’ 21-year-old defenseman, was on the ice for the last two of those goals.
After the game, he was on his coach’s mind, too, as Jeff Blashill made a point of praising Cholowski’s strong first-period effort Tuesday while addressing the way things unraveled after that.
“He had a tough second period, and what do we do with that?” said Blashill, who was clearly perturbed by the way his team performed coming off an encouraging three-game West Coast road trip.
“He’s got to come out next game and play great. That’s the reality of it. Mental toughness is a huge part of whether guys have good NHL careers.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,