Despite Montreal Comeback, Red Wings Pick Up 3-2 Win

The Detroit Red Wings couldn't hold onto a 2-0 lead Saturday night but still managed to earn a 3-2 shootout victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

Montreal forward Michael Cammalleri scored twice in the third period to erase Detroit's lead and force overtime. Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg scored in the tiebreaker to give the Red Wings the win.

Detroit had taken the lead in a bizarre first period that saw twelve minutes of penalties called on the Canadiens and only two on the Wings.

The first three of those calls came at the same time to Montreal forward Georges Laraque. Laraque high sticked Darren Helm at one end of the ice, drawing blood. Before the play was over he stuck his leg out for a knee-on-knee hit to Niklas Kronwall at the opposite blue line.

Kronwall had to be helped off the ice and did not return.

Brad Stuart got the Red Wings on the board during the fourth minute of the six-minute power play, blasting a shot from just inside the blue line that powered its way past Montreal goalie Carey Price.

During the time of the third Laraque penalty, Canadiens defender Paul Mara went off for cross-checking Tomas Holmstrom in front of Price. Just as the ensuing five-on-three expired Detroit tallied again when Brian Rafalski sent a shot intentionally wide for Datsyuk to tip in from the side of the net.

After a scoreless second period, Cammalleri scored just nine seconds into the third to pull the Canadiens within a goal, snapping a shot from the high slot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

At 8:45 of the period Andrei Kostitsyn picked off a Nicklas Lidstrom pass around the boards and fed Cammalleri for a tap-in from the edge of the crease.

In the shootout, Datsyuk and Zetterberg both deked to score on Price while Howard stopped Cammalleri and and Tomas Plekanec hit a post.

The Red Wings finished the night two-for-seven on the power play while the Canadiens were scoreless on their one try with the extra attacker.

Howard made 16 saves on 18 shots against. Price stopped 32 of 34 Detroit chances.


Notes: Kronwall is expected to miss at least two weeks with an MCL injury but further tests will be necessary... The Canadiens played in blue sweaters with a white C and white trim, throwbacks to their first year of existence in the National Hockey Association.

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The Red Wings make a rare trip to Montreal in the second of back-to-back games, which the Canadiens are also coming off of.

Detroit, of course, blew it against the Florida Panthers last night and picked up an OTL. The Canadiens held on to win in Washington, which gives them the odd position of being the home team but having to travel further between games. That should probably prove that the Wings need to be in the Eastern Conference but it'll never happen.

The only lineup change the Wings are making for certain is that Jimmy Howard gets the start in net. There was no morning skate for either team to get a look at late line changes.

With Scott Gomez out, Glen Metropolit will play with Mike Cammalleri and Travis Moen on Montreal's top line.

Like Florida, the Canadiens appear to me to be a very shallow team relying on goaltending right now. Since the Wings still couldn't beat the Panthers, that might not mean anything.

Game time is 7:00 for the HNiC broadcast but Detroit will get the Leafs - Caps game as Windsor is in Toronto territory. FSD has the local coverage.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2009 at 5:59 PM

 

How many cheap plays can Laraque make in one shift? He totally reached out on Kronwall.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2009 at 7:29 PM

 

Stuie powers one through and there's still two minutes of power play left.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2009 at 7:35 PM

 

Yeah! Think it went straight in. Yes it did. 5 on 3 again, wow.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 11/21/2009 at 7:36 PM

 

I'd be p*ssed if I was a Canadiens fan, that cross check in front of the net never gets called. I think it should be but it's never called.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2009 at 7:36 PM

 

Kronwall won't be back, Wings say it's a left knee injury. f*cking fantastic.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2009 at 7:38 PM

 

Four penalties, two goals. Sorry, I'd trade both for a healthy Kronwall.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2009 at 7:40 PM

 

I was beginning to think they weren't going to get another one on that powerlay for all the shots, then bang!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 11/21/2009 at 7:41 PM

 

I didn't tune in until just before the first goal, how did Kronwall get injured?

Jesus, another 5-on-3. They should put a revolving door on that penalty box.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 11/21/2009 at 7:44 PM

 

I didn't tune in until just before the first goal, how did Kronwall get injured?


Knee-on-knee hit from Laraque. That was the third of Laraque's penalties.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2009 at 7:48 PM

 

Stupid play by Abs. Push and shove but you're gonna get caught if you've got the other guy's stick and he doesn't.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2009 at 7:52 PM

 


I didn't tune in until just before the first goal, how did Kronwall get injured?


Knee-on-knee hit from Laraque. That was the third of Laraque's penalties.

Thanks, just saw it just now in a replay. Nasty.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 11/21/2009 at 7:53 PM

 

Quite possibly the weirdest period I've seen all season.

And I never even got the chance to mention that seeing Montreal in blue is really damned weird.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2009 at 7:54 PM

 

Well that period was boring. Yawn. But I'll take it.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 11/21/2009 at 8:48 PM

 

Well that period was boring. Yawn. But I'll take it.


Hell yeah. Give me one more completely uneventful period and get out of this game with a win and no more injuries.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2009 at 8:53 PM

 

Does anyone think the league will investigate that hit?

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/21/2009 at 8:54 PM

 

I blame John Keating for talking about a shutout at intermission.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2009 at 9:06 PM

 

Yep, didn't see this coming at all.

Zata doesn't make the big play. That's rare.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2009 at 9:22 PM

 

At least we get a point. That's not even a question tonight, the Wings don't deserve it this time around.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2009 at 9:40 PM

 

Great, OT again.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 11/21/2009 at 9:41 PM

 

I admit I hate shootouts.. but the Habs have been pretty lethal on them. I of course totally jinx them by saying this.

Good luck! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by klaitinen on 11/21/2009 at 9:50 PM

 

At least this one's made it to the skills competition.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 11/21/2009 at 9:51 PM

 

Bah! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by klaitinen on 11/21/2009 at 9:54 PM

 

I'll be damned.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2009 at 9:55 PM

 

Loved Datsyuk's move, Zetterberg's wasn't bad either. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 11/21/2009 at 9:56 PM

 

I can't believe Zata's move worked, Price had a piece of it but just not enough.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2009 at 9:57 PM

 

Dats got lucky.. post and off pad. But Zetterbergs was nice.

Posted by klaitinen on 11/21/2009 at 9:57 PM

 

I'll say again, the Wings didn't deserve these points. I'll take them but I'm not happy about this game.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2009 at 10:01 PM

 

That really sucked to watch the Canadiens come back and tie it up. It's really bad that keeps happening and it is terrible to lose Kronwall. :/ I did not like last night's game.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 11/22/2009 at 4:53 PM

 

For the record, Kronwall is out for a month or two and Laraque is up for suspension.

But if you listen to some of the f*cking idiots over at TSN, Kronwall deserved it for being such a dirty player.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/22/2009 at 9:09 PM

 

George deserves a suspension. He's not needed anyways.

Posted by klaitinen on 11/23/2009 at 10:26 AM

 

George deserves a suspension. He's not needed anyways.


I thought the comments that the real punishment would be to make Laraque play on the first line were about right. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/23/2009 at 12:54 PM

 
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