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No Push Back And No Power Play

01/03/2022 at 3:32am EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

It was a chippy game with a lot of scrums and hits after the whistle, as well as a fight between Vladislav Namestnikov and Brad Marchand.

The Boston Bruins responded well to the physicality, the Detroit Red Wings did not.

That was just one of the contributing factors to the Bruins’ 5-1 victory Sunday afternoon at Little Caesars Arena, but one Detroit captain Dylan Larkin emphasized.

“It was a physical game tonight, it was physical against Washington (3-1 loss Friday),” Larkin said. “I really felt when it’s gotten physical, we’ve been mediocre. We need to have better pushback when it gets physical.”

Coach Jeff Blashill agreed.

“We can push back harder for sure,” Blashill said. “They want to bully you. That’s how they are, and I didn’t think we fought hard enough for ourselves.”


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

There was one area Sunday which failed the Red Wings miserably.

The Wings' power play didn't score in four attempts, not even close. It was a huge factor in the 5-1 loss to the Boston Bruins.

Any sort of positive momentum would have been helpful. But the Wings never were able to generate opportunities with the man advantage.

"We have to find a way to get to our spots," forward Dylan Larkin said. "When the puck is on our stick, we can't force it. We forced it way too much. Every defenseman in this league has a good stick and breaks up plays. We had too many plays broken up by forcing it and not moving it around the outside."


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