from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
After serving as the NHL’s punching bag the first half of the season, the Detroit Red Wings fought back Tuesday, playing how a talent-thin, undermanned team needs to play to have success.
They were gritty, chippy and physical against a much bigger team. They sacrificed by blocking shots. They got outstanding goaltending. This is a formula they must bottle for the final 41 games.
The Red Wings closed out the calendar year with a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Little Caesars Arena, snapping a six-game losing streak behind Jonathan Bernier’s 34-save performance.
“We competed really, really hard on the puck,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “That’s what it takes. Basically, the game comes down lots to one-on-one battles and I thought we did a real good job in those one-on-one battles.”
Below, watch the extended game highlights.