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Alfredsson helps Red Wings end six-game skid

Dec 19, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

Thursday’s 3-2 OT win against Calgary might be the prime example of why Detroit courted Daniel Alfredsson.

The Red Wings have been hurting because of injuries, and even against one of the West’s least impressive teams, a seventh consecutive loss wouldn’t have been shocking. Instead, Alfredsson scored two goals (including the game-winner) and an assist to help Detroit snap out of it.

Naturally, it wasn’t just about getting a vintage performance from their 41-year-old winger. Pavel Datsyuk was also involved in all three goals, as he collected three assists tonight.

With this win, the Red Wings are now 16-12-9. It’s worth noting that Jonas Gustavsson has nine of those wins.

  1. lowenni - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    It’s just not right to me seeing Alfredsson in anything but a Senators jersey. If he doesn’t win the Cup with them I think both he and all of Ottawa are going to really regret his departure.

    That said, I’m glad that he’s having a very strong season for the Red Wings (10G, 28P). He looks a little rejuvenated playing alongside Datsyuk sometimes.

  2. cheliostwin - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    It’s nice that Alfredsson scored a couple of goals, but I think it also helps having his experience in the locker room, with all of the young kids called up because of the injuries.
    It wasn’t a definitive win, but maybe it will be enough to break the Wings out of the funk they’ve been in for a month now. This team seems to be the most fragile one in decades, those losses piling up seemed to weigh on the players, so maybe this win will take some of that pressure off and they can play better.

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