After a one-game stay in Grand Rapids, defenseman Brian Lashoff was back on the ice — with the Red Wings — on Thursday. Lashoff quickly reclaimed his spot in the lineup for the game against the Coyotes, as Ian White was a healthy scratch. "They communicated the situation to me and I knew I would go down for one game in Houston and meet them (in Arizona)," Lashoff said. "I enjoyed it. We have a good atmosphere, a good group of guys, a good team (in Grand Rapids) and I knew it was just for one game. It was fun and we had a real good win." Lashoff played 15:35 in 27 shifts during Thursday's 4-2 loss, going minus-1, with two hits and two blocked shots. Lashoff's goal since he was initially promoted Jan. 21 after Carlo Colaiacovo injured his shoulder was to make it difficult for the staff to take him out of the lineup. Because of his work on the penalty kill, willingness to block shots, and sound defensive game, Lashoff has accomplished that. "It's a confidence booster," Lashoff said of being back in the lineup. "As far as my game is concerned, penalty killing is something I like doing, and blocking shots, and keeping it simple from the first day I got here "Now there are a lot of options and that's only going to get better for the team and make the competition for jobs better." Said coach Mike Babcock: "We gave up a penalty kill goal we shouldn't have and Lashoff solidifies that. He's a simple player who plays the game that way and we like what he does."
Red Wings D Brian Lashoff returns after brief stay in Grand Rapids
Published On: Apr 05 2013 11:28:48 AM EDT Updated On: Apr 05 2013 11:28:48 AM EDT
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