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Detroit's Compete Level Raised In Win Over Carolina

01/17/2021 at 5:20am EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Goaltender Jonathan Bernier stopped 29 shots to earn the win, as the Wings salvaged a split in the season-opening two-game series.

"We competed extremely hard, that's the level of compete you need in order to have a chance to win in this league," coach Jeff Blashill said. "That was the biggest thing that stood out for me. Between our work ethic and compete, I was real happy.

"The other thing is, we were deeper as a team. We had four lines going pretty hard, not everybody gets as much ice time as they'd like, but all four lines were going and all six defensemen went well. Ultimately, we'll have to win that way."

The Wings’ last victory? March 8, 2020, when they defeated eventual Stanley Cup champion Tampa 5-4 in a shootout — a few days before the pandemic closed most every sport.

And considering the sluggish way the Wings opened the season against Carolina, Saturday's victory was needed and felt good.

"We got timely goals and we outplayed a great team," Larkin said.

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