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Detroit Red Wings Drop Final Game of Series Against MTL 5-3

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The Detroit Red Wings drop the final game of the season series against the Montreal Canadiens 5-3.

The Red Wings being slow out of the gate, the Canadiens would manage to strike first in the game. At 14:16, thanks to a bad line change by Detroit, Montreal got in around the defense and in on Jonas Gustavsson. They’d be driven wide of the net, but a pass to the crease off the pad of Gustavsson would find its way to Michael Bournival, who buried it in the open net for the 1-0 lead. Shots through one period were 13-10 in favor of Montreal.

The second period was more of the same for Detroit. Montreal would put another on the board at 8:52, when Max Pacioretty got in behind the Detroit defense and in on Gustavsson alone. He’d bury in around Gustavsson for the 2-0 lead. They’d do it again at 13:35, off of a defensive zone faceoff loss for Detroit. The puck would get intentionally rebounded off the boards behind the net. The rebound was redirected to the front of the net to a waiting Brian Gionta, who tapped it into the open net for the 3-0 lead leaving the period. Shots were 25-17 in favor of Detroit.

The third period was when Detroit finally decided to wake up, but were ultimately defeated by some terrible officiating. They’d finally get on the board at 5:11 on a power play, when a shot from the point from Niklas Kronwall was stopped, but the rebound came right to Pavel Datsyuk, who potted it past Carey Price to make it 3-1 Canadiens. They’d strike again just 36 seconds later, at 5:47, when Montreal turned the puck over in the neutral zone, and Detroit got in on a 2-on-1. Justin Abdelkader fed a beautiful pass across the slot to Luke Glendening, who banked the puck off Price and into the net for his first NHL career goal, and to cut the Canadiens’ lead to 3-2. The tying goal came at 10:44 on a Detroit power play, when Kronwall blasted a shot from the point through traffic that Price never saw, and off the inside of the post to tie the game 3-3. Montreal pushed back late, with some help from a bad goal and some non-calls. At 13:13, on what should have been called offsides, Gionta came into the Detroit zone backwards, and then brought the puck in in front of him, and got in on Gustavsson alone to tap in a rebound to make it 4-3 Montreal. They’d put another up at 15:40, when Alex Galchenyuk placed himself in the crease right on Gustavsson, preventing him from moving around in the crease, and had a puck redirect off of his body and behind Gustavsson for the 5-3 Montreal lead. Detroit would attempt a late 5-on-4 push during offsetting minor penalties, but came up short, failing to gain the two points in the standings.

93 is the magic number for Detroit right now. If we can beat Buffalo and Carolina, and take either Pittsburgh or St. Louis at least to OT, we can clinch. The season is far from over. They’ll get a night of rest and a night of practice and be back at it Tuesday night against the Buffalo Sabres, in their last meeting of the season. See you then, Nation.

-Nathan Webb

About Nathan Webb

Work by day, hockey by night. I write purely from a fan's perspective. I've been an avid Wings fan for as long as I can remember, and win or lose, praise or critique, I always support my team. Stevie Y will always be the best, and the Avs will always be the strongest of rivals.

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17 Comments

  1. Gerald Mantha

    April 5, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    They were both deemed good. I recall a game winner bounced off the netting a while back for the Wings…

  2. Dave Merkiel

    April 5, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Booo!

  3. Dennis Burgess

    April 5, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Thank the terrible defensive play the whole game.

  4. Larry McClish

    April 5, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Tough to play a good team like Montreal on back-to-back nights. Real good comeback in the 3rd period again for the Wings. Did the same vs. Boston. Montreal’s 4th goal should have been called offsides. Congrats to Glendening on his first NHL goal.

  5. Daniel Harcourt

    April 5, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Totally agree about the two non calls…..after we work so hard to tie it up and the refs take it away…..sad…..rigged…..and stupid. Time to use replay in hockey too it appears. LGRW….we are still in the wildcard drivers seat.

  6. Nick Phenix

    April 5, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Funny i just read an article about glendenning going 51 games without a goal a team record. Good for luke! Grand rapids pride!

  7. Shane Petty

    April 5, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    How about the monster though? 5 goals is too many but bad bounces. Those crazy saves were sick though!

  8. Lynn Barrett

    April 5, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Can’t believe the “powers that be” in Toronto actually called that last goal for Montreal good! Hope officials on ice get better…..their 4th goal was offside!

  9. Alex Cunningham

    April 5, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    that 5th goal should not of counted that was goal tend interference that bunch bull crap #refshavethereheadupthereass

  10. Jake Goodwin

    April 5, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Damn zebras suck

  11. Chris Harbourne

    April 5, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    No the 5th goal was not goaltender interference. They complained of goaltender interference but the real issue was whether or not the Canadien pushed it in with his arm. Which he did as you can see in the replay. But the call was blown. Too bad.

  12. Tony Kowalski

    April 5, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Totally hosed.

  13. Kevin Kline

    April 5, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Some good saves, but I saw a few goals he SHOULD have got. If it was Howard they’d want him crucified for it…

  14. Rob Ratliff

    April 5, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    thats a very good montreal team.

  15. Enorman Scott

    April 6, 2014 at 12:51 am

    No reason off sides isn’t a reviewable offense. Get it right!!

  16. Jason Austin

    April 6, 2014 at 12:54 am

    The Montreal team has mediocre talent but is dirty the way they play. Players like subban and gustyuk are dirty. They head hunted Nyquist all night. Just before the 4th goal they took Nyquist out behind the net and no interference call lead directly to a non offsides called goal. Then my biggest issue of the night the series of events that led to the final goal. I’m not gonna argue about goalie interference or did he push the puck in with his arm. I’m more worried about the integrity of the game itself and how officiating should be done. IE the spirit of the game. In our corner a Montreal player tossed our guy to the boards hard however the part I’m pissed off about is the puck was no wheres near him he never even played the puck he didn’t go for it he didnt touch it or anything he took our our guy out of the play before he had a chance to even establish himself. That is the definition of interference. This rule has been around since the very beginning of the game. These are issues that need to be dealt with and directly influenced the outcomes of the game. Detroit got called on penalties that Montreal started and we retaliated on all night. We tried too hard to hit them and not make the smart play. Let’s regroup both refs and players and have a good game next time out there.

  17. Vicki Rocho

    April 6, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Damn it I missed Luke’s 1st goal!! Ugh……………

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