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Confidence Growing For The Wings

10/28/2021 at 7:20am EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“It shows a lot of character,” Adam Erne said. “They’re a highly-skilled team with a lot of big names. We just stuck with it, stuck to the gameplan. Eventually it paid off.”

Erne scored at 9:17 of the second period and assisted on Robby Fabbri’s tying goal at 2:03 of the third.

Thomas Greiss made 26 saves and shut out the Capitals over the final 37:37.

“I think our goaltending is strong,” Erne said. “We are confident that they are going to shut the door for us. I think we have the skill to score 2-3 goals a night. If we do that, we’ll win a lot of games.”...

“We have a better hockey team, so you have a better chance to come back, and with that you have more belief, and belief that you can come back in those types of situations,” Blashill said. “I didn’t feel any frustration or panic on the bench at all. We just kept playing.

“To come back and have a chance to win in overtime you need good goaltending against that team. They have a lot of talent, and they make plays out of nowhere.”

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

“We’ve been in situations where we found our way to wins, and that breeds confidence,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “That’s part of it. We have some guys that have matured over the years in terms of living through that. As hard as some of those moments are to live, you hope you grow. A number of our guys have grown even through some of the difficulties we’ve faced. And then we have some new faces that have a calm demeanor to them, and just kind of keep playing.”

Dylan Larkin’s line with Lucas Raymond and Tyler Bertuzzi has been phenomenal, but there’s enough depth to roll four lines. Blashill moved Erne up to play with Robby Fabbri and Pius Suter; that paid off with a goal from Fabbri. Moving Filip Zadina to Michael Rasmussen’s line with Vladislav Namestnikov added more scoring dimension to that group.

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