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‘Let’s not worry’: Red Wings snap losing streak on home ice

Nov 21, 2013, 11:56 PM EDT


It had been a while.

But the Detroit Red Wings finally won on home ice for the first time since Oct. 15, as they held on to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes by a final score of 4-3 on Thursday.

Gustav Nyquist scored twice for Detroit, including 17 seconds into the opening period. He also recorded the winner late in the third period.

It was the slump-buster. Well, for now, anyway.

The Red Wings had fallen under increasing scrutiny for their recent skid.

Not only was this their first win on home ice in nine games, but they had also lost seven games in a row. It got a little close for comfort in the third period, when the Hurricanes pulled to within a goal with 16 seconds remaining in regulation.

“We talked about it going into the third period,” Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock said, as per the Detroit Free Press.

“Let’s go play. Let’s not worry about nothing. Let’s play. Worrying is for some other kind of profession. We’ve got to play this game and play hard, and I thought we did that.”

Red Wings defenseman Brian Lashoff left the game after the first period and did not return due to the flu.

  1. muckleflugga - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Don’t worry be happy
    In every life we have some trouble

    When you worry you make it double
    Don’t worry, be happy…

  2. 2late2matter - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    Have to figure RW fans are glad to be back in their (usual) winning form. Quite a few RW players are injured right now and would anticipate them running a hot streak upon the injured players return.

  3. jhaegs - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    LOT of empty seats, though. I guess fans were figuring the streak would continue…

    • hockeydon10 - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      Detroit enjoys some of the best corporate sponsorship in the league. Places like GM (7th on Fortune 500), Ford (10th), TRW (173), Lear (187), and Penske Automotive (203). Not to mention places like General Dynamics Land Systems and Chrysler Automotive or the other thousands of businesses in the metro area. They buy up a LOT of lower bowl season tickets. They then ignore them quite often.

      Those seats are sold (sold out again last night as a matter of fact) and the revenue is collected. Just like the team can’t force individual fans to show up and use the ticket, they can’t force these corporate season ticket holders to use them either.

      • jhaegs - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        I understand that, Don, but last night looked especially empty. Why don’t the big corporations just donate money, and give other people a chance to actually attend the game. It’s great that they’re showing support financially, but it doesn’t look good for your fan base when the place looks half empty. I’m not ripping on the team, I just don’t think that “selling out” every game is as important as actual attendance- from an image standpoint. Chrysler should’ve invested its money elsewhere, seeing as the factory closing here in STL cost my father his job a few years ago.

      • hockeydon10 - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        Because giving away money is anathema to companies.

      • jhaegs - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:57 PM

        Buying season tickets and not using them sounds like giving it away…

  4. 2dollarpbrs - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    See what happens when you bring Nyquist up from Grand Rapids. Stupid Front Office!!

    • polegojim - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      Gus had a good game and VERY glad to have him back in the Winged Wheel sweater.

      But… you say ‘stupid front office’??? So… for 22 years, the Wings and Mr Holland have been known as being idiots, unable to make good personnel decisions, inept at how to use their current talent, and poor judges of their prospects preparedness?

      22 years straight in the playoffs
      4 Stanley Cups
      6 Presidents Trophies
      6 Conf Championships
      14 Division Championships

      … oh yes, how stupid

      • 2dollarpbrs - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        You can’t live in the past

        Signing 50 right wingers and completely screwing the salary cap is STUPID

        No way this should have been Nyquist’s first NHL game this year

      • polegojim - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        Pretty sure we’re in living color today Mr. $2… and enjoying it.

        You must have missed the beginning of the season when HALF of those guys were on IR… that’s why they signed that many. But, don’t let the facts get in your way.

        And, since you brought it up… it’s not just the PAST… it called an established PATTERN of excellent in hockey and hockey decisions. They’ve EARNED credit for that yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

        It cracks me up to hear people talk about living in the past… every single year… for 22 years straight.

        Lastly – they’re 10-7…WITH a major losing streak. If they were in the Metro Division, they’d still only be ONE game out of first place… and oh, by the way, that’s today… not in the past.

  5. jhaegs - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    What if they were still in the West? :)

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