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Wings Need To Stay Focused In Philadelphia

12/17/2018 at 6:02pm EST

from Dana Wakij of DetroitRedWings.com,

As the Red Wings arrived in Philadelphia, the Flyers were officially firing their head coach, Dave Hakstol.

The Flyers announced that Scott Gordon, who was coaching the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, would coach the NHL team the rest of the season.

"First, Dave Hakstol's an excellent coach," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said after Detroit's practice at Wells Fargo Center. "I've known him a long time, coached against him a long time and he's an excellent coach. It's an unfortunate part of the business for certain.

"From our focus, we got to focus on our game. Certainly understanding there's a heightened sense of urgency when things like this happen. So we better make sure our sense of urgency is extremely high. But really more than anything else, we got to play great hockey. We just got to focus on playing great hockey."

Hakstol is the fifth NHL coach to lose his job since the start of the season.

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