Overtime Win For The Habs In Detroit

Photo by Dave Reginek / NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Dave Reginek / NHLI via Getty Images

Overtime Win For The Habs In Detroit

An overtime win for the Habs in Detroit Saturday night saw Brendan Gallagher scoring a tying goal and Alex Galchenyuk the OT winner as the Habs picked up an important 2 points on the road.

The game was scoreless through the first two periods; however, it was anything but boring. Saves on both ends of the ice gave viewers an opportunity to watch two elite goaltenders keep their respective teams alive in a challenging match.

Gallagher broke a 15-game drought, and saved the game for the Habs with his equalizer late in the 3rd period.

With an 11-day, 5-game road trip out west, this first on the road was a crucial win, psychologically and physically.

Here’s how it unfolded.

First Period: Shots 10-5 Montreal

No Goals

While no one scored in the first period, there was plenty of action, most of it in front of Petr Mrazek. To his credit, he made some stellar saves, or else the score would have been 2-0 Habs.

This was one of them – Artturi Lehkonen was robbed here:

It was a similar story all through the period – with Carey Price also holding his own at the other end.

Second Period: Shots 15-5 Detroit

No Goals

Another scoreless period, some close calls, but with Detroit outshooting Montreal 3-1, and Mrazek being on fire, the Canadiens were hard-pressed to come up with a goal. What was lucky was that Detroit was as well.

A couple of bad hits for Detroit, one resulted in Tyler Bertuzzi leaving for the dressing room after careening, legs first, into the board from an Alexei Emelin hit. Brendan Smith also left the game with a leg injury after a collision.

The Habs took a late penalty when Phillip Danault was called for roughing against Justin Abdelkader, and the period ended with 1:51 remaining in the Red Wings power play.

Third Period: Shots 10-7 Detroit

Goals:

  • Justin Abdelkader (Frans Nielsen, Luke Glendening), 3:20
  • Brendan Gallagher (Tomas Plekanec, Greg Pateryn), 11:07

Early in the period, Justin Abdelkader got the game’s first goal, putting the Habs on their heels to score before time ran out. That happened over the halfway mark, when Brendan Gallagher broke his 15-game drought and scored the equalizer.

Right in front of the net – his habitual place, Gallagher, redirected a shot from Tomas Plekanec, and tipped the puck into the net. You can see the video here.

Gallagher was clearly relieved to have scored at last, and his teammates celebrated him almost as much as his goal.

The period continued to unfold with both teams battling to get that all-important winning goal, but neither did.

It’s safe to say both goalies were responsible for their teams staving off the other, but both teams were stellar in clearing the puck, and keeping their opponents at bay.

The period ended with the tie, and the game went to overtime.

OT: Shots 3-2 Detroit

Goal: Alex Galchenyuk (Alexander Radulov), 3:37

With a questionable call on a slashing penalty to Shea Weber, the Habs had 2 minutes to kill off and try to stay alive. Carey Price was outstanding as he kept the puck out; in a 4-on-3 power play, Detroit had a very dangerous advantage, but failed to beat Price.

When Shea Weber exited the box, and came skating down the ice, he took a shot on Mrazek that even he thought had gone in. But that poetic justice was not to be.

With 83 seconds left in the overtime, Price effected a hard rebound, which Alexander Radulov jumped on to get the puck down the ice. He entered the zone, searched for his open man, found Alex Galchenyuk with a saucer pass, and Galchenyuk put it into the net.

Here is how he celebrated:

https://twitter.com/WayToGoPaul/status/802711689053487104

Some Thoughts

  • This was truly a team effort. Yes, both teams should be credited with keeping it together; however, when you consider that early in overtime, with their best penalty-killing defenseman in the box, the Habs staved off a power-play goal from a very strong Red Wings, you know these Canadiens are for real.
  • Whatever Brendan Gallagher needed to break that drought, I’m predicting the dam has broken and we’ll see a renewed Gally scoring more often. His relief when that went in was palpable.
  • Carey Price – no writer can find words about this man that haven’t already been used. Michel Therrien used “extraordinaire” and I concur. For your consideration:

And:

  • While Mrazek was just as good at the other end, Price made the important saves – and more saves than his opponent (shots were 33-24 Detroit).
  • Galchenyuk, interviewed after the game, talked about how it was a big goal, for the first of a big road trip out west. He credited his team, stating how it was a full-team effort.
  • Alexander Radulov, humble and generous, talked about how happy he was for Gallagher, to get that important goal. This guy keeps getting more and more endearing by the interview.

The next game will be Tuesday night, in Anaheim, as the Ducks host the Canadiens. Take note of the late puck drop: 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

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One Response to Overtime Win For The Habs In Detroit

  1. it was excellent to see Gally break the slump with a typical Gally goal, a thing of beauty. and for Chucky to score the winner on a pass from Rads was the icing on the cake. and what can you say of Price..except he played a Price game…

    Bay_Bye November 27, 2016 at 7:49 am Reply

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