from Ted Kulfan (only Detroit beat writer at the game) of the Detroit News,
If you've watched the Red Wings, you've seen the script of this game often already this season.
They stayed close for a while, allowed multiple goals in quick fashion, didn't generate enough offense (that's definitely been a given), and wound up losing....
The Wings were tied 1-1 heading into the third period, but watched New Jersey score two goals 1 minute, 59 seconds apart, just under seven minutes into the period.
From there, instead of tightening things, the Wings’ defensive game, in particular, disintegrated....
“We have to make sure we are playing ‘winning’ hockey, and through most of the year we have been playing (that type of hockey),” Blashill said. “Five-on-five, not giving up tons of chances, and getting our chances. But now we’ve been real porous defensively the last couple of games.
“We gave up 23 (scoring) chances last game and tonight will be the same and that’s not good enough.
“I have to make sure we make clear to our group, both for (Sunday) night and the long term future of this team, we have to play hockey the right way. We have to play great defensive hockey and you get your offense from checking and we have to understand that.”