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Missing Element Found, Rasmussen's Game And Video Highlights

04/06/2022 at 8:29am EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Now they must replicate the effort Wednesday in Winnipeg (7:30 p.m., Bally Sports Detroit Plus), something they haven’t done after any of their few solid performances in recent weeks.

“One good win is not all the sudden going to make everything better, if you don’t go out the next night and play well,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “We got a challenge tomorrow on a back-to-back. It’s a tougher one because of when we get in. We got to grind. We got to dig in and find a way to play really good and win a hockey game.

“What I saw tonight was a level of sacrifice that’s been missing a little bit. Guys blocking shots, the compete level was extremely high, more like what it was when we were in the hunt, more of what it should be like when you’re grinding for the playoffs. We just got to continue with that approach.”

Alex Nedeljkovic made a career-high 47 saves. Dylan Larkin scored his 30th goal. Michael Rasmussen scored his third goal in four games. Jakub Vrana scored what proved to be the winning goal prior to setting up Filip Zadina’s goal.

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Below find Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now and the extended game highlights.

There are still some days when the math doesn’t work for Detroit Red Wings center Michael Rasmussen. For the most part, though, there is mounting evidence that Rasmussen is steadily figuring out the equation of what he needs to do on the ice in order to be an effective NHL player.

“He’s working hard at trying to become a really, really good two-way player, a guy who can go out and check against the other team’s best,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said of Rasmussen. “And it’s not easy. It’s not something that happens right away.

“It takes some time, especially if it’s not something you necessarily had to do prior to this.”

Evidence of Rasmussen’s evolution as a player was again on display as Detroit beat the Boston Bruins 5-3 on Tuesday. His second period goal, Rasmussen’s career-high 11th of the season, knotted the count at 2-2. He was second on the team in hits with four and his 4:09 of power-play ice time was also second among Red Wings forwards.

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