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Video- A Much Needed Win For The Detroit Red Wings

01/16/2022 at 3:44am EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

"This was a big win, especially at home after getting shut out the last game," said Bertuzzi, who added two assists. "We showed up and the guys had a real good game."

The Wings also dominated the specialty-teams battle with the Bertuzzi and Fabbri power-play goals, while killing all five power plays for the Sabres (11-20-6).

The power play has struggled, but now has scored in three of the last four games.

"It (power play) was great, we made some good little plays and we supported each other all over the ice," Bertuzzi said. "We played pretty good. It was a weird game, not much five-on-five, a lot of penalties, but we played good."

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill would like the power-play unit to build off these recent successes.

"Hopefully that just continues to build confidence," Blashill said. "Confidence matters, and special teams was a huge factor tonight. The power play gave us the lead early, and we played a very good first period, then we got in trouble in the second but the PK did an excellent job not giving them momentum."

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Below, Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now plus the extended game highlights.

“I think ultimately the guys looked like they had way more juice tonight,” Blashill said. “There’s no doubt about it. I think they felt that it was a needed day off and we ended up making a decision to do it and obviously it paid off.

“The guys came out with tons of energy.”

For the first time this season, Blashill broke up his top line. He made the decision of dropping Tyler Bertuzzi down to the second line with Pius Suter and Robby Fabbri. Vladislav Namestnikov was elevated to play with Dylan Larkin and Lucas Raymond.

“I thought Vladdy did a real good job,” Blashill said. “He’s deserved the opportunity. I think he’s played very good hockey overall He can make enough plays.

“He’s smart enough to play with those guys. And he’s also a good net-front guy, kind of in a slippery way.”

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