The Red Wings say they need to learn lesson from OT loss to Flyers. Filmed Feb. 16, 2019 in Philadelphia.
Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press
PHILADELPHIA – The Detroit Red Wings pocketed what they deserved on Saturday: one point.
Their latest outing showed the talent they had, showed one rebuilding block in particular how he needs to score, and showed resolve. But that came after the Wings played so ineffectively it took a furious salvage effort to right themselves. The third period Saturday at Wells Fargo Center was one of the Wings' best of the season, but the 6-5 loss in overtime to the Philadelphia Flyers was a just ending.
“It just goes to show when we want to start playing, that we can play at a high pace and score goals, ”Tyler Bertuzzi said. “We have as a group and flip that switch on sooner. We can learn from this game.
"When we hounding pucks, getting it deep and getting puck on net, we can score those goals."
Detroit Red Wings 'Gustav Nyquist (14) celebrates with teammates after scoring past Philadelphia Flyers' Carter Hart during the first period Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Philadelphia. (Photo11: Matt Slocum, AP)
The Wings (23-28-8) scored four times in the third period. It was seeing starting goalie Jimmy Howard head to the bench after the Flyers' fifth goal, ceding the net to Jonathan Bernier, who finally stirred the skaters.
"We are playing and we are playing terrible," said Anthony Mantha. “We knew we had to play better than we did in the first two periods.
“ They were all over us in the first and second period and we decided to play 18 minutes and got four goals. We've got good talent in here. If we play the right way, we could win games. ”
The outcome is better for the drafting lottery odds, but it's one thing to play competitively and lose, another to play as poorly as the Wings did through 42 minutes . They were defensively and ineffectively offensive other than early Gustav Nyquist's goal off a nice setup from Bertuzzi. It was Bertuzzi's goal, a little more than a minute after the goalie switch, which started the Wings had woken up.
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] "Once we scored, we started to get momentum," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “We started on top of them a little bit more. We're a pressure team and when you are a pressure team and you are a step behind like we were most of the night, you're giving way too much space and being able to make plays and you're caught in between the whole time. Then we got on our toes and played the way we want to play to have a chance to have success. Good for us for that but we have to be better than that for 60 minutes. ”Niklas Kronwall of the Detroit Red Wings clears the puck in the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Feb. 16, 2019 in Philadelphia ” width=”540″ data-mycapture-src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/02/16/PDTF/b39686e9-e6c9-4210-b21a-779f92f7c5b6-GTY_1130164661.jpg” data-mycapture-sm-src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/02/16/PDTF/b39686e9-e6c9-4210-b21a-779f92f7c5b6-GTY_1130164661.jpg?width=500&height=343″/>
Niklas Kronwall of the Detroit Red Wings clears the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Feb. 16, 2019 in Philadelphia. (Photo11: Elsa, Getty Images)
Bertuzzi was a bright spot in his first game since suffering a concussion Jan. 22, fearlessly driving the net and making a nuisance of himself while showing off his smarts. Mantha's performance was encouraging, too, as both his goals were non-front tips, the type of dirty goals the Wings have emphasized he needs to score. Been been quiet since Jan. 18.
"It feels good, let's be honest," Mantha said. “I had a good one-hour in the second period that I hit the knob, so I just need to keep going in traffic and putting shots on net.”
Mantha hasn't played the net-front role on the power play this season because of Vanek and Michael Rasmussen, but Blashill said Adam Nightingale, the team's video coordinator, "is on me all the time to put him back on the net on the power play just to emphasize to him to help his 5-on -5 game. As a big, big body, he's got to find a way to score more of those o-zone greasy type goals. That's how you get your production real high, is scoring those net-front goals. ”
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The teams meet again Sunday afternoon at Little Caesars Arena. Saturday's loss won't last until the first 40 minutes, we didn't play with a lot of energy, a lot of passion, Thomas Vanek said, after contributing his fifth goal and 12th point in the last 13 games. “We actually re-funded pretty good – we have a good culture in here and I think we showed that. A big comeback like that would have been really nice to get the two points, but with where we at after 42 minutes, it's probably deserved. ”
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