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The Losing Continues

12/30/2019 at 5:47am EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Death, taxes and the Red Wings losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Certain things you can count on, and the Red Wings’ item has become automatic in recent years.

Sunday it happened yet again — the Wings’ losing to Tampa part — this time by a 2-1 score. The loss extended the Wings’ losing streak to 16 games against Tampa....

“We played hard and battled but the ice got tilted the wrong way,” said coach Jeff Blashill, noting the Wings wound up defending too much as the game wore on. “When they scored, we lost momentum and we never got it back. We just couldn’t get it going offensively.”...

“You want to stay out of the box as much as you can,” Blashill said. “Eventually that power play will find a way to score. They’re super dangerous. Our penalty kill is a little like our 5-on-5, we couldn’t get out of our end enough, and eventually, it’s going to end up in your net.”...

The loss was the Wings' sixth consecutive defeat, and rather astonishingly, their 18th in 20 games (2-16-2).

“What we can’t do is let these losses wear us down, that’s happened too many times this year,” Blashill said. “It’s a mental test for sure. But we have to find a way to not worry about the last game.”

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Zetterberg, Nyquist, Howard and Blashill.

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