The Canadiens beat the Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout
Everything seemed to go against the Canadian, Tuesday night at Little Caesars Arena, but Jake Allen allowed his people to stay in the game and, possibly, to have the last laugh.
Allen stopped 41 shots, Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki scored in the shootout and the Montreal squad defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2.
Caufield scored on the mitt side and Suzuki on the shield side. The match ended when Dylan Larkin missed the target.
« I don’t want to say we deserved the win more than Detroit, but under the circumstances, I’m glad the guys were there for the team, » said Canadiens head coach Martin St-Louis. about his two star forwards who played heroes in shootouts.
The Canadian could have had a different fate due to a lack of discipline, but the Red Wings were shut out in seven attempts on the power play.
« We were tested today, » said St-Louis. It’s not easy to defend yourself like that. I’m happy with the way the guys fought. »
“Usually your best shorthanded player is your goalie. He [Allen] did the job. The guys in front defended themselves. And that kept us in the game. »
Mike Hoffman scored twice for the Canadian (6-6-1), which ended a three-game losing streak. Brendan Gallagher had two assists.
Austin Czarnik and Lucas Raymond scored for the Red Wings (7-4-2), who had won their previous three games. Ville Husso made 31 saves before the shootout.
Defender Johnathan Kovacevic and forward Evgenii Dadonov had been inserted into the Canadiens’ roster, taking over from Chris Wideman and Josh Anderson. The latter was serving the first of a two-game suspension for a dangerous check on Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo.
Dadonov had missed the Habs’ last four games, including the three most recent due to a virus.
The Canadian will play again on Wednesday, when the Vancouver Canucks will be the visitors at the Bell Centre.
A tough battle
The Red Wings threatened from the first moments of the game, but it was the Canadian who opened the scoring after 5:41 of play.
Hoffman took advantage of a return to the slot to shoot into an open net.
A blunder by Jonathan Drouin on the Red Wings blue line during a Habs power play opened the door for Larkin to reply. Larkin was initially frustrated by Allen on the breakaway, but the referees gave him a second chance with a penalty shot after Kirby Dach had slashed him. Allen shut the door a second time on the Red Wings captain.
It was only a postponement for the local team. Czarnik completed a fine passing game started by Andrew Copp and Dominik Kubalik with 3:31 left in the first period.
Hoffman, however, gave the Canadiens the lead with 15.2 seconds left in the first period. Again, he took advantage of a return after a shot from Gallagher to move the ropes.
The Red Wings were threatening in the second period, especially on their three power plays. Allen preserved the Canadian’s lead thanks to several saves on dangerous shots.
The Canadian was deprived of the services of defender David Savard for the first 10 minutes of the last third. Savard received a misconduct for speaking his mind to the referees late in the second period.
“Did you see the resumption of the punishment? There was nothing there, commented St-Louis. ‘Savvy’ is playing an honest game. He passes penalties, he blocks shots, he takes care of the team. He’s not a pig on the ice. To give him a punishment like that, I understand David. »
In the absence of Savard, the Canadian understood that the best defense was the attack and he fired the first seven shots on goal of the period.
However, the Red Wings scored shortly after Savard returned at 10:36. Raymond beat Allen with a one-timer following a cross pass from Pius Suter.
The Canadiens put themselves in a difficult position when Juraj Slafkovsky received a major penalty and a game misconduct for giving Matt Luff some tape with 5:32 left in the third period. Elmer Soderblom, however, was punished for obstruction a little later, allowing the Habs to breathe a little better for two minutes.
After a spectacular extra period, the Canadian stole the victory in a shootout.
Locker Room Echoes
Mike Hoffman admitted his two goals won’t make the plays of the week.
“These are not two beautiful goals, but the result of simple games. I was in the right place at the right time. Sometimes it’s good to be rewarded. »
David Savard held back in his comments on the work of the referees.
« I won’t comment on that. I just didn’t agree with what they were doing on the rink. »
Savard also praised the work of Jake Allen.
“Jake made some big saves and the guys made some big blocks. We needed that to win tonight, with adversity and all the punishment to kill. It was not easy. They have a good numerical advantage and they spent a lot of time in our zone. Jake has been excellent and the players have been excellent in front of him. That’s why we won. »
To see in video