Detroit got a win against Vancouver Thursday but look to improve their powerplay and play a better 60 minute game. Athanasiou is for a few weeks with a knee sprain, opening the door for Anthony Mantha.
Jimmy Howard earns his third straight start. He came in leading the league with a 961 Save % and 1.22 GAA.
After a tribute video to Gordie Howe, the puck dropped and the Habs took a fast start. Phillip Danault pokes the puck into the goal for an early 1-0 start.
Shortly after, Paul Bryon gets a breakaway and buries a wrist shot past Howard, putting the home team up 2-0 and the Wings in a hole. Both goals had poor defense on Detroit’s part.
With two minutes left, Glendening goes to the box for slashing. Ott joins him shortly for holding, putting the Habs on a 5-on-3. Weber scores off the faceoff. 3-0.
An ugly opening period for the Wings. They looked tired, sloppy, and struggled to get many quality chances. Shots 10-7 in favor of the Habs.
The second period wasn’t any brighter. Through the second, Detroit spent little time holding the puck. The powerplay would continue to struggle all night – most noticeably when a wasted four minutes from a double minor comes up short with only 4 shots.
Another goal by Bryon would be overturned due to goalie interference.
But with the Habs back on the powerplay, Shaw nets a goal. A few minutes left in the period, Max Pacioretty gets a backhand past Howard, making it a 5-0 lead.
Mrazek started the third period and prevented anymore goals, but the damage had already been placed. Detroit came up empty in the scoring column.
The powerplay for the Wings was horrible, to say the least. They went 0/5 in the night. This team needs to start converting on the advantage and getting some ugly rebounds past the goalie or they will fall back into a low offense slump.
Final shots: 37-25 in favorite of the winner. Montreal improves to an impressive 13-1-1 record, and Price gets his 38th career shutout and tenth win.
Detroit, now 8-7-1, heads back home to face division rivals Tampa on Tuesday who just lost to San Jose.
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