from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“We had fun, we played with the puck, we didn’t (make many) mistakes,” Filip Zadina said of the 6-3 victory at Wells Fargo Center. “We just got to keep playing like that. If you’re thinking positive and everybody is playing the right way, everything is way easier. If we keep doing like that, we’ll be fine and we’ll be winning those games we need.
“Just got to keep going and having fun, because if you’re having fun, we’re playing good hockey as a team.”
The Red Wings and Flyers meet again Saturday at Little Caesars Arena (noon, Bally Sports Detroit), after Detroit won for only the second time in 16 games at Philadelphia since the 1997 Stanley Cup Final.
The Red Wings are far out of a playoff position, but they feel good about their progress. They haven’t gained traction, winning back-to-back games only once in the past two months. But they are .500 in points percentage (21-21-6), and after 48 games they are nine points ahead of last season’s pace, 20 points better than they were at this stage two years ago.
“I think we’ve done a decent job here over some really tough years of fighting through frustration and trying to keep our heads focused on moving towards a better tomorrow, when there’s not much light at the end of the tunnel, which two years ago there wasn’t,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “Last year I thought there was a little bit more. It’s hard. This year, I think our guys are recognizing an avenue of us being a better team.
“Between an influx of talent and just kind of growing as a group in terms of what it takes to win, that’s part of the learning process and I think we’re learning it. We’ve taken very few steps backwards. We’ve just got to try to keep taking as many steps forward as we can.”
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,