Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Red Wings continue nice preseason with 6-3 win over Blackhawks
Red Wings of Detroit coach Jeff Blashill does not place too much interest on pre-season games.
Let's just say he'd rather win than lose them, but he is not convinced that they mean a lot as far as the regular season is concerned.
Blashill believes you play as you practice, however, and the wings had a solid camp so far.
If Sunday night is a further indication, a very pretty game preseason also shows.
Behind goalkeeper Petr Mrazek, Detroit beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-3, before a lively crowd at Joe Louis Arena in their fourth of eight preseason games.
Goals by Luke Glendening Glen (0:59) and Martin Frk (1:57) had the wings to 2-0 and the Blackhawks on their heels with less than 2 minutes.
When defender Danny DeKeyser blasted his first goal of the preseason with a long exit, the wings had jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the 10:48 mark of the first period.
"Obviously, the queues you meet in the preseason are very different for the queues that you will face in a little over a week," Blashill reinforced after the match. "But I thought there were things we did good. I also think at times we were a little erratic.
"Sometimes you get up, 3-0, and you get a little loose. I thought we were a little erratic. Obviously, you give two escaped out flat, and that's not good enough. "
Blashill was satisfied Frk, who help to go with his goal.
"It is taking steps in the right direction," said Blashill. "He went through struggles to learn to play the right way. But to his credit, including being sent down to Toledo, he worked and worked and worked and worked.
"You ask anyone in Toledo and Grand Rapids - he was the first guy to the rink every day in Toledo, it is running at the rink to make sure it was in great shape..
"So I think he will come. He has the skill set. It can obviously shoot the puck."
From goal for Chicago was Nalimov Ivan, who was generally beaten by Glendening and Frk and was left looking slap shot from DeKeyser scorched by it.
Alexandre Fortin Chicago scored on a breakaway against Mrazek at 15:25 of the first to cut the lead to 3-1 and Brandon Mashinter repeated the treatment on guard wings early in the third.
The Blackhawks prepared the 3-2 in the second period before whiz kid Dylan Larkin scored on a shot from the remarkable backhand to make it 4-2 Wings.
"How you practice is how you play, of course," said Blashill early Sunday morning skate wings. "With that, we did a good job."
Blashill loved the intensity level of the wings in the preseason, although "so far we have no waiting queues in the NHL, and is not to offend anyone. We will we go further in the pre-season. "
There were heavy body checks by both teams, resulting in visits to the penalty area, and a slashing penalty by Chicago that resulted in a goal set by Anthony Mantha.
A piece of ice center in the second period between Mitch Callahan Blackhawks and Detroit Christopher Desousa saw Callahan landing heavily and both players 5 minutes for fighting.