Khan in the morning: Win over Bruins shows incremental progress

MLive’s Ansar Khan filed a morning column regarding the Red Wings’ 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night, discussing the substance of the Wings’ 3,00th franchise win:

“It wasn’t pretty, but it was the kind of win we needed,” Dylan Larkin said. “It feels great to grind one out and get a greasy win here.”

The Red Wings (11-9-3) equaled a season-high three-game winning streak. The Bruins fell to 11-8-0.

Alex Nedeljkovic made 41 saves, allowing only David Pastrnak’s goal at 6:20 of the third period during a five-on-three power play. But Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill lauded the strong defensive effort in front of him.

“We gave up shots, but we didn’t give up a whole bunch of chances,” Blashill said. “When we did, he did a good job.

“I thought we protected the back post pretty well. I thought we took away the real Grade A chances. For me this would be more of a team defense success than just one player. Certainly, Alex did a good job. The game against St. Louis (4-2 win last Wednesday), he stole us a game. That wasn’t the case tonight. I thought we played very good defensively, much better than we have.”

Continued; AWood40 posted an extended highlight clip as well:

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