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Stay Out Of The Box Ben

11/14/2022 at 11:11am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The last time the Detroit Red Wings played their next opponent, Ben Chiarot drew rave reviews from teammates for how physical he was.

But as the Wings seek to nip a three-game slide headed into Tuesday's game at the Anaheim Ducks, the message to Chiarot, in particular, is to be physical, but in a disciplined way. The Wings want him on the ice, not in the penalty box, where he has been three times the last two games. He was called for holding and boarding in Saturday's 4-3 loss at the Kings, and for tripping in the Nov. 10 loss to the New York Rangers.

"The one push (boarding), it was man versus boy and the ref probably would want that back," coach Derek Lalonde said after the game at Crypto.com Arena. "But the other two were holds, and it just piles up."

Chiarot leads the Wings with 14 penalty minutes after 15 games.

"It kind of depends sometimes on who is reffing the game," he said. "I play a certain way, sometimes it's going to get called, sometimes it’s not. I’d say most of the time it doesn’t. Not much else to say about it."...

"We want him to play physical, he should play physical, him just being a big, physical guy, you’re going to get the odd call, which he did just winning a battle," Lalonde said. "But those other two, it was just playing a little slow in the d-zone, unfortunately a little clutch and grab, and now instead of one or two, you’re looking at three, and it just piles up. Plus we need him out there on the kill."

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