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Oskar Sundqvist showing Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup-winning approach

detroit — Oskar Sundqvist has had a positive impact with the Red Wings since arriving from St. Louis in the trade for Nick Leddy at the trade deadline.

Sundqvist has been an impressive net-front presence, a 6-foot-3, 208-pound forward who can shut down opponents and annoy them with his grit and physical play.

But there’s also the Stanley Cup pedigree; the fact Sundqvist, 28, was a key part of the St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup-winning team in 2019, as well as in Pittsburgh in 2016.

There was a sequence last weekend that typified the mindset of a champion, which coach Jeff Blashill hopes the Wings’ young players gleaned from Sundqvist.

Detroit center Oskar Sundqvist tries to deflect the puck past Ottawa goaltender Anton Forsberg during the first period of a game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Ottawa Senators at Little Caesars Arena.

as the Wings were playing Pittsburgh, Sundqvist took a direct one-timer off the skate from Penguins star Evgeni Malkin. The pain was obvious, but Sundqvist, despite the Wings trailing 6-2 and only about six minutes left in the game, stood back up and got into position to block another shot.

As Sundqvist ended is shift, I have headed directly into the locker room. He was back on the ice shortly after. The example Sundqvist provided was immense and powerful.

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