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Out Muscled And Out Hustled

12/08/2021 at 6:42am EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“They out-battled us,” Detroit’s Dylan Larkin said. “We just didn’t come out and execute tonight....

The Red Wings (13-10-3) had their five-game winning streak snapped while being outshot 33-16.

Nashville (14-10-1) never trailed, jumping ahead 2-0 in the first period and setting the tone with an 11-3 edge in shots.

“In the first period they out-competed us,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “They were more physical than us. They’re a big, strong team, hard on the forecheck. But I thought in the first was as poor a job as we’ve done in terms of competing and being ready to play. They wanted those two points more than we wanted those two points is the way it looked to me in the first.

“I thought in the second we had moments of better, but we never shot the puck. We took too long to get shots off. They’re a good defensive team. They get stick in the lanes or on puck and we couldn’t get shots. We didn’t create momentum the way that I think we could have if we would have shot off the pass and been ready to shoot quicker. But certainly, their physicality and their competitiveness was better than ours.”

Blashill had no update on defenseman Moritz Seider, who left with about eight minutes remaining in the third period after being shaken up by a check into the boards by Tanner Jeannot.

The game featured several scrums after the whistle and two fights. The first, between Givani Smith and Ben Harpur in the second period, seemed to spark the Red Wings a bit. They cut their deficit to 2-1 on Robby Fabbri’s power-play goal at 9:58 of the second.

“They were taking liberties. Their D are physical. Givani stood up,” Larkin said.

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings (12-10-3) had earned a bit of swagger over the past two weeks, and they gave themselves a chance when Fabbri scored. But Nick Cousins had all the space and time he needed, left alone in the slot, to score 2:33 into the third period, and that was that.

“The goal is a tough one early in the period, where you’re kind of fighting it anyway,” Blashill said. “It was one of those games where for me, we needed to find a way another goal, get that tied, and have some momentum build up. Instead it went the other way.

“It’s unfortunate, we can’t come out and play the beginning of games like that. We get down 2-0, and for any team against a good defensive team, that’s a tough hold.”

Blashill called it a “learning experience … on making sure that we’re at our best every night.”


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