from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Detroit Red Wings have a different disposition than they’ve shown in recent years.
They have more bite to them and more fight in them. Coach Derek Lalonde referred to it as pushback. And they pushed back Friday against the Arizona Coyotes in more ways than one.
The Red Wings lost the lead in crushing fashion – with 26 seconds remaining in regulation. But they pushed back by winning 4-3 in a shootout on Dylan Larkin’s goal.
In winning their fourth consecutive game, the Red Wings (11-5-4) also pushed back physically in a chippy game.
“(The Coyotes) have a lot of toughness,” Lalonde said. “There’s going to be games like this. We’re not built like that, but we’re going to need to push back. Sometimes that push back is not 1985, where it’s a five-on-five brawl and gets out of hand like that.
“Stick up for teammates, push back, there’s moments it’s going to get chippy. Don’t want to get pushed around. We’re not built for that type of hockey necessarily all the time, but anybody can push back, and I thought we did that tonight.”
from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,