Wings 2, Canadiens 1 (OT)
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[February 27, 2014]
Red Wings 2, Canadiens 1 (OT):
Gustav Nyquist scored off a rebound 4:32 into overtime as visiting
Detroit snapped Montreal's three-game winning streak in both teams'
first contest after the Olympic break.
Todd Bertuzzi also tallied and Johan Franzen assisted on both
goals in his return to the lineup as the Red Wings beat Montreal for
the fifth time in their last seven meetings. Jimmy Howard came
within 28.7 seconds of his 19th career shutout and finished with 19
Captain Brian Gionta forced overtime with his late goal and Peter
Budaj turned aside 28 shots for the Canadiens, who have allowed only
eight regulation tallies in their last eight games (5-1-2).
Bertuzzi put the Red Wings ahead with a power-play tally with 5:59
left in the opening period. Franzen, playing in only his second game
since Dec. 15 due to a concussion, slid a pass from behind the net
to an unguarded Bertuzzi at the left post for an easy conversion.
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Montreal managed only two shots in the second session - its fewest
in a period since April 4, 2013 against Winnipeg - and was on the
verge of being blanked until Gionta corralled a loose puck at the
bottom of the right faceoff circle and sent a backhander by Howard
for his 12th goal
GAME NOTEBOOK: Canadiens No. 1 G Carey Price, who posted
back-to-back shutouts in leading Team Canada to the gold medal at
the Olympics, aggravated a lower-body injury and will miss his
second straight game Thursday at Pittsburgh. Dustin Tokarski was
called up from Hamilton of the American Hockey League to back up
Budaj. ... Bertuzzi, in the lineup for the first time since Jan. 22,
halted an 18-game goalless drought dating to Dec. 10. ... Montreal
honored Team Canada's gold medal-winning men's and women's hockey
teams in a pregame ceremony.
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