Habs/Red Wings: A Night To Remember

In a season, you go through dry spells as a team and as individuals. You have nights where nothing is working, no matter what you try. Other nights, it’s the opposite. You can do no wrong. That’s the kind of night that the Montreal Canadiens had against the Detroit Red Wings, in a convincing 8-1 win, let by the line of Jonathan Drouin, Max Domi and Andrew Shaw. On Niklas Kronwall‘s bobblehead night, the entire Red Wings’ team turned into bobbleheads searching for answers against a relentless Habs’ team.

The three Canadiens’ forwards combined for 12 points on the night. Domi led the way with a five-point night, Drouin had four assists and Shaw scored his first career hat trick in a game where, let’s admit, there was only one team on the ice.

Tomas Tatar opened the scoring against his former team with his 22nd of the season. Brendan Gallagher (27), Joel Armia (7) and Domi (21-22) with a pair of goals rounded up the scoring for the Canadiens.

Aside from the magic night from this line, here are a few key points from that game:

  • Led by Nate Thompson (82%) and Phillip Danault (76%), Habs’ centres had a rare dominant night in the faceoffs’ circles with a combined 65% success rate.
  • The Habs only had four giveaways all night, to the Red Wings’ 11.
  • The Red Wings went 0 for 5 on the powerplay, and the Canadiens did not receive the benefit (or misfortune the way it clicks) to have a powerplay all night.
  • The most utilised forwards was because they all killed penalties. Dale Weise has to least amount of ice but still managed over 10 minutes.
  • Shea Weber (who else) led the team with 22:27 minutes and Brett Kulak‘s 16:01 minutes was the lowest amongst defensemen.
  • In his first game for the Habs, Christian Folin has an assist, four shots on goal, three hits and was plus -3 in 17:30 minutes of ice time.
  • Jimmy Howard allowed six goals on 22 shots before being relieved by Jonathan Bernier, who allowed the last two goals on eight shots.
  • At the other end, Carey Price was playing the second game of a back to back and he stopped 28 of the 29 shots directed on him.
  • Filip Zadina did NOT fill the Habs’ net as he promised he would do at the last Draft. He had no points, three shots and was minus -1 on the night.

Let’s not get carried away over one game folks, but the boys needed a night like that as it’s only their third win in their last nine games. The next game will be Friday night, at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers.

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