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Jeff Blashill, Detroit Red Wings coach, April 22, 2021

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Detroit Free Press

Three or four helmets hit the ice, then Jakub Vrana scored again.

Detroit Red Wings’ newcomers were still responding Thursday when the Dallas Stars threatened to close the game at the Little Caesars Arena.Varana completed a hat-trick in the third period, then added a fourth goal, leading the Wing to a 7th victory. -3 in the third game in a row this week against the Stars.

At 17-25-7, the wing had a matching number of wins last season out of 71 games with seven remaining games remaining this season.

Vrana completed his hat-trick when he scored in the middle of the third period.Richard Panik made an acquisition in the Anthony Mantha trade on April 12, recording his first goal in a Wings uniform.

The last time Wings players played a game of 4 goals was on October 6, 2019, when Mantha made a game with the Stars.

Thomas Greiss set the tone with a double rescue early, then his teammates took control of Vrana, scoring at the center.Five minutes later, Marc Staal aimed a shot at the net, and Luke Glendening was fighting near the bottom of the circle. On the left and diverted the puck with his stick, while Darren Helm projected an image of Anton Khudobin.

The Wings jumped 3-0 when Panik scored with 10.3 seconds remaining in that period.Jake Oettinger scored when Vrana made it 4-1, four minutes after Radec Factors converted to Power Pale. Joe Pavelski also scored in the second period.

Vrana’s third goal in four games put Wings up 5-2 in third.Denis Gurianov converted from Dallas’ fourth power play, but Vrana suppressed that momentum when his backhand entered the open net. At 3:48 PM, Sam Gagner fired into the empty net with 1:13 left to play for their wings to perform their best this season.

The teams meet Saturday for the final game of the season series.

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When Dylan Larkin was sidelined from a suffering upper-body injury on Tuesday, Michael Rasmussen was moved up in the middle of the first line between Vrana and Filip Zadina.Robby Fabbri missed their 10th game in a row with a physical injury. So Wings went 11 and defended seven others.Evgeny Svechnikov returned after a healthy turn on Tuesday, playing alongside Valtteri Filppula and Sam Gagner Vladislav Namestnikov against Panik, and Glendening with Helm and Adam Erne followed. normal

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Vrana’s hat-trick

Filip Zadina raced to the ice on the left and Vrana came up on the right.Zadina sent the puck to Vrana, who shot even as he was poised to fall to the ice as the puck slid back Anton Khudobinat 9. : 50 of the first period Vrana scored again at 6:50 of the second period when he fired Danny DeKeyser Vrana celebrated his third goal at 10:09 of the third period and added a quarter for the measure. Well, at 3:48 p.m. Zadina and DeKeyser saved Vrana’s fourth goal.

Extension rights

The team will have to leave at least one defensive defender in the Seattle expansion draft, which is under contract in 2021-22 and playing at least 40 games this season or at least 70 games in the season. This and finally That’s why DeKeyser turned 40 when he was fit for Thursday because he now meets both requirements. It’s credit to DeKeyser’s internal drive that he rebounded, like the one he has this season, because at one point his career seemed to derail after back surgery in December 2019.

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