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Growing Pains Or A Pattern Of Losing?

10/23/2019 at 8:11am EDT

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings hope that at some point this season they look back on this stretch as a period of growth.

Their mental toughness was under scrutiny as they headed into Ottawa on a five-game losing skid. Nine games into the season the Wings had one excellent game to their credit — at Montreal — and an opening weekend of back-to-back victories. It was after the Oct. 10 victory against the Canadiens that Dylan Larkin had so much excitement in his young voice as he talked about how the Wings were showing an identity of not going away.

After Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at Little Caesars Arena, he sounded frustrated and exasperated. He believes — as should he and all of his teammates — that they can play better. But the evidence is getting scant.

“We need to come out and play that relentless game,” Larkin said. “We need to play disciplined and play with speed.”

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Below, watch a longer version of Jeff Blashill post-game.

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