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Positive Signs

10/28/2021 at 4:55pm EDT

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Things are beginning to look a little different around the Red Wings.

There's a growing confidence and maturity around this team that others are beginning to notice, and the results in the standings also speak for themselves.

The Wings fell behind by two goals Wednesday in Washington, but never wilted and rallied for a 3-2 overtime victory on Dylan Larkin's overtime goal, with rookies Lucas Raymond and Moritz Seider assisting.

It was the Wings' fourth victory in seven games this season (4-2-1), but more importantly was the way they won.

This easily could have been a loss the last several years — in fact, it was Wings' first victory against Washington since Feb. 11, 2018 — and it felt early as if it would be.

But this just might be a growing, developing team taking shape.

“We’ve been in situations where we’ve found our way to wins and that breeds confidence, so that’s part of it," coach Jeff Blashill said. "We have some guys that have matured over the years in terms of living through some of that. As hard as some of those moments are to live, you hope you grow and a number of our guys have grown even through some of the difficulties we faced.

"And we have some new faces that have a calm demeanor to them and just kind of keep playing.”

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