For everything the Detroit Red Wings did right in its Original Six matchup with Montreal, turnovers and some bad luck kept the pesky Canadiens close.
Even when Detroit earned some puck luck of its own, Montreal would answer. But Ville Husso wasn’t about to let this one slip away.
In overtime, Husso would rescue Detroit on a breakaway seconds before Robby Fabbri would bury the winner on a feed from Michael Rasmussen. It was one of many saves Husso made to keep Detroit afloat in the Red Wings 4-3 victory over Montreal.
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The scoring started on a beauty from Rasmussen, who split a couple Canadiens are ripped a shot past Allen for a 1-0 lead.
It would hold for barely two minutes when Pius Suter coughed up the puck and Montreal deposited into the Detroit net to even it up at one.
Detroit pressed Montreal through the first half of the game, outshooting the Canadiens 19-8 and peppering Jake Allen with shots. The Red Wings would get a power play and Jonatan Berggren would cash in off a rebound, boosting Detroit to a 2-1 lead.
Given another power play, Detroit surrendered a short handed goal, once again yielding the advantage quickly. Replays showed the goal was a result of Lucas Raymond being out of the play after being slashed on the hand. With Raymond leaving the ice, Montreal had an odd-man rush. It would result in a goal.
Oskar Sundqvist would get Detroit’s third goal, a puck that bounced off his chest and into the net. Montreal would even it late in the second, and come inches from taking the lead with seconds left.
Husso To The Rescue
In a tight third, Montreal grabbed a late power play chance, and they were dangerously close to winning in regulation–but Husso came up big again. In the dying seconds of the third, Husso robbed Mike Hoffman of a point blank shot that snuffed out Montreal’s best chance on the power play.
Detroit would kill the penalty in overtime, and then following an unbelievable save by Husso on a breakaway, Moritz Seider led the rush that would finish the Canadiens off. After feeding Rasmussen, the towering winger made a good move and then dished to Fabbri, who slammed the puck into the net.
Thievery by Husso on one end while Fabbri sealed the deal on the other.
Bertuzzi Returns for Red Wings
The scrappy forward looked solid for Detroit, picking up shots and slotting in the top line with Larkin and Raymond. One of his shots banged off the post early in the second period, which would have given the Red Wings a 2-1 lead.
He had another shot when Raymond was stopped cold early in the third.
Bertuzzi couldn’t convert on the rebound opportunity, but he was still in the vicinity. After missing games following a couple six-week layoffs due to hand injuries, Bertuzzi has started to round out again.
Though he didn’t get on the scoresheet, Bertuzzi held his own.