Following Saturday’s third-period rally for a 5-4 home-ice triumph over the reigning President’s Trophy-winning Boston Bruins, the Detroit Red Wings sought to downplay the value of the victory.
“It means one win,” Detroit forward David Perron was suggesting afterward.
Mathematically, yes. Realistically? Not so much.
All the spice in the final two minutes of the Bruins/Red Wings game.
20 PIMs, 2 ejections, 1 regulation loss. pic.twitter.com/gTl6ac0QRo
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The Red Wings already were showing a loss to the Bruins this season as well as a setback against the Florida Panthers, the Eastern Conference rep in the Stanley Cup final last spring. Another defeat to a top Atlantic Division team would have shrouded the good work done by Detroit in the early part of the season.
A loss Saturday would’ve left the Wings at 6-5-1 on the season following a 5-1-1 start. The one win earned, as Perron called it, leaves them at 7-4-1 and the optics of that stat line seem so much more appealing than to be a loss away from sitting at .500 for the campaign after such an impressive outset to the season.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Talking about captain Dylan Larkin’s game-changing game-winning goal for Detroit
- Red Wings defenseman Jake Walman was wearing a neck guard during Saturday’s win over the Bruins
- In this paywall piece, DHN’s Kevin Allen looks at whether the strong start to the season by James Reimer will have the Red Wings rethinking their goaltending plans going forward
- In Toronto, for Detroit forward Tyler Bertuzzi is feeling the heat from the local media and the Maple Leafs fan base.
Red Wings Next Game
There’s lots of away rinks that the Red Wings don’t enjoy visiting, but Madison Square Garden isn’t one of them. Detroit is 2-1 in the last three games there and 4-3 over that past seven contests. The Wings will be there again to face the Rangers on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET).
Boston: The Boston Bruins are citing undisciplined play as the key factor in their first regulation loss of the NHL season on Saturday at Little Caesars Arena.
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Florida: Just 27 minutes into his return from a preseason injury, Florida Panthers forward Sam Bennett was lost again to a leg injury.
Montreal: Montreal Canadiens prospect Lane Hutson tallied a hat-trick on Saturday playing college hockey for the Boston Terriers.
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Pittsburgh: Will Saturday’s 10-2 rout of the San Jose Sharks infuse the Pittsburgh Penguins with some much-needed confidence?
Philadelphia: Losers of four of their last five games, the Philadelphia Flyers will be happy to see a team worse of than them – the 0-10-1 San Jose Sharks – arriving in town for their next game.
Carolina: Just days after blowing a two-goal lead to Detroit, the New York Islanders were squandering a three-goal lead and losing to the the Carolina Hurricanes.
New Jersey: Superstar forward Jack Hughes of the New Jersey Devils is showing as week-to-week with an upper-body injury.
Islanders: New York Islanders forward Mathew Barzal has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement, by the league’s Department of Player Safety for high-sticking Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tony D’Angelo.
Washington: Known more for his aggressive style of play, forward Tom Wilson has netted three goals in the past four games for the Washington Capitals.
Nashville: Making his NHL debut for the Nashville Predators, Marc Del Gaizo was collecting his first NHL point with an assist on a Filip Forsberg goal.
Colorado: Losing on the road at Vegas, the Colorado Avalanche have been shut out in each of their last three road games.
Chicago: The Chicago Blackhawks called a team meeting following a 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils.
Vegas: The Vegas Golden Knights took a five-game winning streak into Sunday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.