Posts Tagged ‘Canadiens’

Montreal at Detroit (12/10/10)

Friday, December 10th, 2010

The Red Wings returned to their winning ways tonight in a game at the Joe against original six rivals the Montreal Canadiens. The goalies were Jimmy Howard and Carey Price. The Canadiens are a very good team and Mike Babcock said before the game that he thinks Carey Price is the best goalie in the league right now.

This was a heck of a game. The momentum swung back and forth throughout the game. The Canadiens seemed to be playing better than the Wings for much of the game but they just took way too many penalties. Datsyuk was incredible as usual and so was Jimmy Howard.

The two teams looked pretty evenly matched and the crowd did as well. There were many Canadiens fans in attendance; so many that when Montreal scored the place went nuts. They were nearly as loud as the Red Wings fans. The Wings are used to seeing this happen to the home team when they’re on the road, but it’s a rarity at Joe Louis Arena.

The Canadiens went all out in the third period trying to tie the game and the Red Wings hung on for dear life. The Wings seemed to be tiring towards the end but they managed to gut it out and Eaves scored an empty net goal to put it away.

They tiredness could be a factor tomorrow night when the Wings have to play New Jersey in their second of back to back nights.

This 2-4 win brings us to:
39 points

Detroit at Montreal (11/21/09)

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Tonight’s matchup was a classic rivalry between Detroit and their old foe the Montreal Canadiens. It’s a great original six battle that we don’t get to see that often. It was a road game for the Wings who were coming off a disappointing loss last night to the Florida Panthers. Jimmy Howard started in net for the Wings and Carey Price started for the Canadiens. The Canadiens were wearing a special jersey that was from 1909-1910 season. That’s quite a classic!

About halfway through the first period Georges Laraque came out and first he high-sticked Helm in the mouth, then we stuck his leg in front of Kronwall to purposely hit him knee on knee. Kronwall had to be helped off the ice and went straight to the dressing room. It didn’t look good. Laraque got four minutes for the high stick since Helm was cut, and two minutes for kneeing. He should have been ejected but the referees don’t get to see the replay to determine penalties. I believe he should be suspended for the knee because it looked intentional. There’s no way you can do that without meaning to injure someone. I’m sure the league will be reviewing this one tomorrow.

The Canadiens killed off about half of the six minutes of power play time and then Brad Stuart shot from the blue line. It looked like Leino got a stick on it and it changed direction slightly. Price couldn’t get it and the Red Wings went up one to nothing. They gave the goal to Stuart but I’m not so sure that Leino didn’t touch it. The goal came during the second of the three minors so there was still two minutes of power play time left.

Then Mara crosschecked Holmstrom about a dozen or so times and finally got called for it. That resulted in a 5 on 3 power play for almost a minute and a half. Just as the 5 on 3 was ending Lidstrom passed it to Rafalski who passed it to Datsyuk at the side of the net. Datsyuk just kept his stick down and banked the puck into the net. It was two to nothing Wings.

Almost immediately after the goal Travis Moen was called for roughing. During the power play O’Byrne slashed Datsyuk’s stick in half and was called for it so the Wings were on another 5 on 3 power play, again for almost a minute and a half. I don’t know what the Canadiens were thinking playing that way. They killed off the penalties but I don’t think you want to be in the penalty box that much against the Red Wings.

Close to the end of the first period Abdelkader hit Georges cleanly but he didn’t like and got up pushing and shoving. Georges’ stick ended up under Abdelkader’s arm and he held on to it. Georges just let go of it at that point and Abdelkader was called for holding the stick. The Wings killed it off until the end of the first period so the Canadiens would start the second period with 51 seconds of power play. The Red Wings were able to kill off the rest of the power play with no trouble.

Kronwall did not come back out in the second period and it was announced that would not be back for the rest of the game. Not a good sign.

There was no scoring in the second period. The Red Wings continued to dominate but didn’t score. Howard looked great when called upon but he didn’t have much work.

At the beginning of the third period the Red Wings turned the puck over along the boards in the neutral zone. Kostitsyn dropped it off for Cammalleri at the blue line. He ripped one that burned Jimmy Howard and brought the Canadiens back to within one goal. It was a heck of a shot but Howard just didn’t seem ready for it.

Nearing the halfway mark of the third period Lidstrom sent the puck around behind his own net but there were no Red Wings in the area. Kostitsyn took it and put it in front of the net to Cammalleri who tapped it in behind Howard. That tied it up at two. I’m not sure why Lidstrom turned the puck over. Maybe he expected a Red Wings player to be there or maybe it was just a mistake. If so, we can’t complain too much as it would probably be the first mistake I’ve ever seen him make!

The Canadiens really turned it up in the third period. They looked like a different team. It may have been more the result of the Red Wings being tired. Considering it was the second of back to back games and they were down a defenseman through most of this one, I’d expect them to be pretty worn out.

The tie held until the end of regulation so both teams got a point. The game headed to overtime to determine the recipient of the extra point.

The pace was crazy in the overtime period. They really opened it up and went back and forth with good scoring chances at both ends. Neither team scored though so they headed for the shootout.

Cammalleri went first in the shootout. He came in fast and shot high. Howard stopped it with a great glove save. Datsyuk was the first shooter for Detroit. He made a few dekes which Price bit on and then Datsyuk buried it for a goal. Plekanec was up next for the Canadiens. He swung all the way out to the wall and then cut back across to the front of the net. He shot and hit a post. Then Zetterberg was up. He shot and got it through the five hole for the game winner.

So the Red Wings came away with two points. After dominating most of the game it would have been a big disappointment to lose again in overtime so it was great that they were able to get the win.

This 3-2 win brings us to:
26 points

Montreal at Detroit (11/26/08)

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

The Montreal Canadiens came to Joe Louis Arena to face the Red Wings tonight. Carey Price was in net for the Canadiens and Ty Conklin was the starter for Detroit.  The Red Wings have said that they want to start giving Ozzy more days off.  That’s probably a good thing.  I thought he was looking pretty tired by the end of the previous game.

Both teams started the game like they were shot out of a cannon.  Lots of fast back and forth action.  There weren’t a lot of scoring chances but there was a lot of fast skating and quick steals.

Montreal was playing an 0-5 defence early in the game.  I have to think that’s a mistake because it gives Detroit free reign of the neutral zone.  That makes it really easy for them to bring the puck out of their own end with speed.  It’s entertaining to watch though.  As the Wings tried to gain the offensive zone they hit it with speed and all of the Candiens were there to stop them.  It’s like the unstoppable force against the immovable object.  Pretty fun to watch.

One highlight of the first period was a huge hit that Brad Stuart put on Alex Tanguay.  It was just a monster hit.  It’ll probably be on the highlight reels at the end of the season.  Tanguay finished that shift but did not return to the game after that.

In the second period LaPierre scored for the Canadiens.  He shot the puck from behind the net and it went off Lidstrom’s skate and between the skates of Conklin.  It was a fluky goal and there wasn’t much that could have been done to stop it.

Later the Canadiens scored a power play goal.  Things were getting scrambly in front of the net.  The Wings turned the puck over, the Canadiens made a few quick passes and Plekanic took the shot.  Conklin got a piece of it but it went off his glove and in.

Just 80 seconds later it happened again.  This time it was five on five.  Again things were breaking down in Detroit’s end.  They couldn’t clear the puck and the Canadiens got it and threw it towards the net.  It deflected in off Brad Stuart’s skate.

In the third period Detroit finally scored a goal.  Franzen made two amazing moves stick handling around defenders and shot the puck past Price.  It was a beautiful goal.  I sat there with my mouth open for a few seconds because it was just incredible.  Franzen showed awesome determination and grace on that goal.  Unfortunately, that left Detroit still down by two goals with time running out.

With about two minutes left in the game the Canadiens took about five shots in one sequence as Conklin made save after save.  They finally called it a goal but it was overturned because the puck never crossed the line.  That was a highlight reel series of saves for Conklin.  Too bad the ref is pointing in the net at the end because the highlight will look like it was a goal when it really wasn’t.

After that Detroit pulled Conklin for the extra skater, they weren’t able score again.  I thought the Wings played pretty well, but the Candiens just out-worked them.  They were faster to the loose pucks and they just seemed to have more jump.  However, I thought Helm had a strong game for the Wings.  It seemed whenever I noticed somebody making a good play it turned out to be him.  I think he’ll be earning regular spot on the roster this year.

This 3-1 loss brings us to:
32 points