Detroit Red Wings
Fabbri Energy Fuels Red Wings’ Important Win Against Maple Leafs
DETROIT — Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde called Robby Fabbri “the forgotten injured guy.” But that isn’t really true. Fabbri’s projected return date of Jan. 1 always had a place in Lalonde’s hopes and planning.
“He was one, as the coaching staff, we were anxiously awaiting back,” Lalonde said.
First-year Red Wings coach Lalonde knew Fabbri as an opponent, watched him on video, plus Detroit general manager Steve Yzerman kept telling him “You are going to like him.”
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Today, Lalonde has a keener understanding of his value. Fabbri continued to zip around the ice like a pinball in play and scored his third goal in his fourth game back to spark the Red Wings to a 4-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It ended Toronto’s nine-game winning streak against the Red Wings. This was Detroit’s first regulation win against the Maple Leafs since 2017. Before Thursday’s game, the Maple Leafs were 13-0-2 in their last 15 games against Detroit
“(Fabbri) has been as advertised from the previous management and staff,” Lalonde said.
The return of Fabbri to Detroit’s top six forward group has given Lalonde more options with his line decisions. On Thursday, he put Dylan Larkin back with Tyler Bertuzzi and Lucas Raymond. Young Raymond ended up with a goal and two assists. Fabbri played with Andrew Copp and Jonatan Berggren. It was Berggren who set up Fabbri’s power play goal to give Detroit a 2-0 lead.
“(Fabbri’s) got bite,” Lalonde said. “He’s brought energy. Brought compete. Helps with the depth throughout our lines. And he’s pitched in three goals on a team that struggles to finish.”
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Said Fabbri: “That’s more of a win that’s our style, great on the PK, Huss was great in net and just defending a lot better, and from that we created a lot of our offense.