Coach Blashill gets serious after embarrassing loss on Saturday.


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Although the team is looking forward to the next game after an embarrassing loss, they know they are in must win situation.

The Detroit Red Wings head coach spoke really after his team suffered a 7-2 loss at home to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Although he wouldn't elaborate on his team's disappointing performance, he did state that the team would review tape following the loss.

He also took a no nonsense approach to the team's upcoming must-win game.

"I know we gotta win a hockey game Monday," he said.

Blashill stated his team did not show enough resiliency after being scored on in the first period against the Penguins. The Red Wings led 1-0 after 20 minutes, but Pittsburgh exploded for four second-period goals, putting the game out of reach.

"It's a loss," Blashill said. "It was frustrating, it was embarrassing, but it's a loss. That's it. So we have to win a game on Monday.

"I have tons of belief in these guys. We gotta come here and win a game on Monday, period."

The Red Wings will host the Buffalo Sabres on Monday, and should they lose that game, their NHL record streak of 24 straight seasons competing in the playoffs would surely come to an end.

Blashill also wouldn't name the team's starting goaltender for Monday's crucial game, as both goaltenders did not fare well on Saturday. Petr Mrazek was pulled after allowing four goals on 27 shots Saturday. Jimmy Howard wasn't much better, allowing three goals on 14 shots.

Detroit is currently tied with the Philadelphia Flyers for the second wild-card spot in the East with 85 points, but the Flyers will have a game in hand after Saturday night.

Philadelphia will face the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday and could pull two points ahead of Detroit with a win.