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The Daily: Ex-Red Wings Forward Scores Series-Clincher; Montgomery on Hot Seat

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Pius Suter, Red Wings

Former Detroit Red Wings player Pius Suter has earned a reputation for dependability and reliability. In his first four NHL seasons, he has scored 14 goals three times and 15 goals once. You can count on Suter’s production.

But Friday night he took on a starring role by scoring with 1:39 left in regulation to spark the Vancouver Canucks to a series-clinching 1-0 win against the Nashville Predators. The Canucks  now play the Edmonton Oilers in the second round of the NHL playoffs

Suter scored only his second of the series. The set-up came from Brock Boeser. The Swiss-born Suter beat Juuse Saros who also made 28 saves in a game that seemed headed for overtime.

The goal comes only three days after Suter took a slap shot to the face off a shot from Carson Soucy. Suter had been eating through a straw of late. He was a tough competitor for Detroit. The Red Wings wanted to keep him, but he wanted a multiple year deal and an expanded opportunity.

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