A point they didn't deserve
Let's be honest: Salvaging a loser's point flatters your Montreal Canadiens.
In their first game after the Olympic break, the home team stunk out the Bell Centre for long stretches against an Atlantic Division rival.
The ineptitude included a season-low two shots on Jimmie Howard in the second period.
Todd Bertuzzi opened the scoring on a first-period Detroit power play.
With Peter Budaj on the bench for an extra attacker, Brian Gionta tied it at 1-1 with 29 seconds left.
There were 28 seconds left in OT when Gustav Nyquist won it for the visitors.
Detroit outshot the Canadiens 30-20.
They deserved it
The Red Wings lost their lead with 29 seconds left in the third period.
Then they won the game with 28 seconds left in Overtime.
Gustav Nyquist got the game-winner.
At least a ;point
With Peter Budaj on the bench and 29 seconds left, Brian Gionta beat Jimmie Howard to tie the game.
On to OT.
A season low
Five times the Canadiens have been held to three shots on goal in a period this season.
In the second period tonight, TWO SoG.
And the first didn't come until the period was 12:31 old.
Detroit had nine shots. It's 17-9 over 40 minutes.
And the crowd is not liking it a bit.
He's been there before
Todd Bertuzzi is no stranger to crease-crashing.
On a Detroit power play, Bertuzzi was softly bumped by Jarred Tinordia and then left to his own devices, which culminated in tipping the puck past Peter Budaj for the only goal of the first period. Old nemesis Daniel F. Alfredsson had one of the assists.
Detroit skated circles around the Canadiens and could have had more – notably when Tomas Tatar undressed Emelin and Douglas Murray.
Shots were 8-7 for the visitors.
The home stretch begins
After a 17-day break for the Winter Olympics, the Canadiens return to action against a team that is chasing them for an Eastern Conference playoff berth.
The Canadiens are third in the Atlantic Division. Detroit is six points back, with a game in hand.
The Red Wings are clinging to a wild-card playoff spot, with Columbus, Washington and Ottawa nipping at their heels.
Olympic Games hero Carey Price has tweaked something south of his beltline and won't play against Detroit or make the trip to Pittsburgh. Peter Budaj starts against the Wings.
Alex Galchenyuk – out since Jan. 8 with a broken hand – returns to the Canadiens lineup. Defenceman Jarred Tinordi has been recalled from Hamilton.
Fearless prediction: P.K. Subban will play more minutes for coach Michel Therrien than he did for Mike Babcock in Sochi.
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