Red Wings Rally for Win over Canadiens

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the third period Thursday night, rallying for a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

With the game tied 1-1, former Detroit draft pick Tomas Fleischmann snapped a shot from the inside edge of the left faceoff circle past Red Wings’ netminder Petr Mrazek at 4:30 of the third, giving the Canadiens their first lead of the game.

With 7:32 left in regulation and Detroit on a power play, Justin Abdelkader redirected a pass by Henrik Zetterberg past Dustin Tokarski from the edge of the crease with his skate, tying things back up.

Darren Helm‘s second of the night just 1:11 later was the eventual game-winner. Off a turnover by Greg Pateryn, Pavel Datsyuk kicked the puck to Helm, who cut across the goal mouth and flung a shot past Tokarski for a 3-2 lead.

Despite late pressure, the Canadiens would be unable to force overtime.

Detroit had opened the game’s scoring on Helm’s first goal of the game with 8:42 left in the second. Racing to the net, Helm gloved down a chip pass from Luke Glendening and put a quick shot behind Tokarski for the early lead.

Sven Andrighetto evened it up 2:03 later. Charles Hudon fired a heavy shot that Mrazek didn’t get all of and as the puck dropped in behind the Detroit goalie, Andrighetto was there to knock it into the net.

Mrazek finished the night with 23 saves on 25 shots while Tokarski, making his first start of the season, stopped 26 of 29.

The Red Wings are back in action Friday night when they visit the New Jersey Devils.

Pregame: Canadiens @ Red Wings – 12/10

Coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals, the Detroit Red Wings host the Montreal Canadiens tonight.

The Eastern Conference-leading Habs are without starting goalie Carey Price and are on a three-game losing streak. They’ll turn to Dustin Tokarski in the crease against Detroit. Tokarski held the Wings to a single goal in his appearance against them last season, a 4-1 Montreal victory on November 16.

Petr Mrazek gets the nod in goal for Detroit with no other lineup changes expected. Jakub Kindl will be the healthy scratch on defense.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings have tied a franchise record with seven consecutive losses to the Canadiens.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.

Pregame: Canadiens @ Red Wings – 11/16

Coming off a dominant 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, the Red Wings take on another Original Six foe tonight as they host the Montreal Canadiens.

The last time the two teams met, the Red Wings thought they’d gotten a late goal by Pavel Datsyuk to put them up on the Habs, but the goal was called back on Justin Abdelkader‘s goalie interference against Carey Price and Montreal went on to win in overtime.

Price will be on the bench for the Canadiens tonight, having gotten the start in Montreal’s 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers last night. Backup Dustin Tokarski gets the nod against Detroit’s Jimmy Howard.

The only lineup change for the Red Wings from the Chicago game is Brian Lashoff in for Jakub Kindl on defense. Kindl didn’t play for the final thirty minutes on Friday. Andrej Nestrasil and Daniel Cleary will be the healthy scratches, with Stephen Weiss and Jonas Gustavsson still on IR.

Stupid stat of the day: The last time the winning team scored fewer than five goals in a November 16th game in Detroit was the Red Wings’ 3-2 win over Chicago in 1959.

I’ll be on Montreal Hockey Talk‘s pregame show at about 6:20 to talk about the matchup.

Game time is 7:00 PM on FSD.