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The Wings Competed But Same Result

03/11/2022 at 4:06am EST

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

The Red Wings suffered another disheartening loss Thursday, squandering a two-goal lead, to fall 6-5 to the Minnesota Wild in a shootout. But getting a point out of this rough game mattered to captain Dylan Larkin.

“It was better,” Larkin said. “The competitiveness, we won battles, we stuck in there, we stuck together. I really liked that Blash challenged us yesterday. We had a hard practice and the compete level was much better.”...

Vrana has three goals in his first two games back after last fall’s shoulder surgery. He adds more flash and danger to Detroit’s offense. His shot release is impressive. It’s hard not to wonder what difference he could have made this season.

“He can score,” Blashill said. “He’s got a great release and he can really score. There’s parts of his game that need to continue to get better but he can really score. I thought he was better tonight than he was the other night just overall. Probably scoring helps give him confidence as well.”

Vrana won a battle to score his first goal. Blashill said Vrana is at his best when he is winning stick battles.

“I’m not asking him to go out there and run people over but he needs to win stick battles and he showed that,” VlAnd he’s gotta be accountable defensively and I thought he was way better tonight at that than he was the other night. That’s a good sign for sure and he’s gotta keep going.”

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