Red Wings Blank Canadiens in Original Six Matchup

A first period goal by Jiri Hudler was all the Detroit Red Wings needed to defeat the Montreal Canadiens Monday night in a rare matchup between the two Original Six teams. Goaltender Dominik Hasek stopped all 23 shots he faced to earn his sixth shutout of the season as the Red Wings picked up a 2-0 win.

Detroit and Montreal - two of the six oldest teams in the NHL - had not faced each other since October 20, 2003, when the Red Wings visited the Canadiens and picked up a 2-1 loss.

Hudler's goal at 9:18 of the opening period was the difference-maker. Skating untouched down the left wing boards into the Montreal zone, Hudler put a quick shot over netminder David Aebischer's shoulder and into the far corner of the net.

There would be no further scoring until a similar goal by Pavel Datsyuk from the opposite side of the ice with 5:19 remaining in regulation. Datsuyk's shot went under Aebischer's arm, catching the mesh of his jersey but not slowing enough to stay out of the net.

Aebischer made 37 saves on 39 shots in net for the Habs, who were unable to score on five power play opportunities throughout the game.

Neither of Detroit's goals came on either of their two chances with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings next game will be against the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators. With a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames Monday night, the Predators lead the Red Wings by four points in the standings.

Notes: The shutout was the 74th of Hasek's career... Defenseman Chris Chelios passed Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman on the NHL's all-time games played list, participating in his 1,515th career game... Mathieu Schneider missed his fourth game with a strained knee ligament... Former Red Wing Mathieu Dandenault made his first appearance in Detroit since leaving the team to join his hometown Canadiens in 2005.

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Opening Night - who cares?

Yzerman Night - Who's he? <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.png" />

The biggest Wings game this year takes place tomorrow when my beloved Montreal Canadiens visit the Joe for what seems like the first time in 47 years. It really is a shame that the Wings don't play Original Six teams more, but Master Bettman like it that way.

Both teams really need the points as the Wings try to catch Nashville and the entire Eastern Conference seems to be catching up with the Habs.

I hope my boys have put yesterday's drubbing behind them and that we're able to see a good game.

Go Habs Go!

Posted by Stormo on 1/14/2007 at 3:53 PM


Hmmm... Second half of the season premiere of "24" or the Wings and Habs? Sorry, Kiefer, you're getting DVR'd. <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.png" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/14/2007 at 5:10 PM


Great shot by Hudler. Didn't seem especially hard but well timed and placed.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/15/2007 at 7:30 PM


Catmandu can back me up, I called Datsyuk's goal. Great move getting into the zone and a shot that Aebischer probably should have had.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/15/2007 at 9:20 PM


Now that I've caught my DVR'd episodes of "24" I can check back in with thoughts on the game...

Pretty good defensive matchup. Abby probably wants Datsyuk's goal back but it wouldn't have mattered. The Versus guys seemed to be lamenting that it wasn't a high-scoring affair. Too bad for them.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/15/2007 at 11:29 PM


That was an amazing shot by by datsyuk. i dont think that i have seen a better shot. I wa sohwever disapointed that the sabres lost to the bruins. Miller had an amazing game some awsome saves. Just a shame to see them lose 3 in a row. Ow well that leaves more room for detroit to win

Posted by Redwings91 on 1/16/2007 at 11:03 AM


Finally got the internet working in the room so we were able to "listen live" I really wanted to see it live, but as always I will take the two points and the W. This also puts Dom and Nick back in the lead for GAA and +/-

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/16/2007 at 12:02 PM


Stormo I noticed you were pretty quiet, what's up?

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/16/2007 at 3:07 PM


So is Hasek back to being a beloved Wing?

I remember at the start of the year people bitching and moaning he was coming back.

When he plays, he is one of the best.

Shutting out my habs as well... never did like him.. goes way back to the sabres..

Grats Wings!! ^%#&#

Let's hope the Habs can rebound vs Vancouver tonight

Posted by klaitinen on 1/16/2007 at 3:54 PM


Heh, even when he's playing well, I wouldn't call Hasek "beloved." Definitely more of a "damn straight, you'd better not screw this up" attitude towards him.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/16/2007 at 4:38 PM


yeah i guess you are right about that.

Posted by Redwings91 on 1/16/2007 at 6:29 PM


Stormo I noticed you were pretty quiet, what's up?

I was quiet by necessity...too drunk when I got back from game, too hungover this morning, now I'm feeling human again.Lousy game, took two hours to get through friggin customs (last time I take tunnel bus), missed first period, Habs were lifeless, lost at poker after the game. But still managed to have a great night.Not much smack to talk after blowout, then a shutout. Maybe time to shake things up?

Posted by Stormo on 1/16/2007 at 7:24 PM


But at least the Rockies won <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.png" />

I complain about the commute in from Lansing for weeknight games, adding in a border crossing would absolutely suck.

"Lifeless" seems a good way to describe Montreal last night. They didn't seem to play too poorly, just without any jump.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/16/2007 at 8:37 PM


Glad you see it my way <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.png" /> , Sorry that you had a rough night getting there. That really sucks!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/19/2007 at 6:01 AM


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