12/02 22:13 CST Walman scores in overtime as surging Red Wings beat Canadiens
Walman scores in overtime as surging Red Wings beat Canadiens 5-4
MONTREAL (AP) --- Jake Walman scored 54 seconds into overtime, and the Detroit
Red Wings beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 on Saturday night for their fifth win
in six games.
Walman, Alex DeBrincat and Daniel Sprong each had a goal and an assist for
Detroit, which blew a 3-0 lead in regulation. Joe Veleno and Christian Fischer
also scored, and Ville Husso made 26 saves.
Walman converted a slap shot from the left circle. It was his fifth goal of the
"It's hard to win in this league and it's even harder to win on the road, so I
love that we got two full points," Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde said. "I
didn't hate (the third period), but we had a lot of looks and could've easily
got our fifth goal and iced the game.
"A little fatigue crept into our game, probably some mistakes that were a
little self-inflicted. Credit to them, they were pushing hard so good on the
guys to hang in there."
Justin Barron, Joel Armia, Nick Suzuki, Gustav Lindstrom scored for Montreal,
which lost for the third time in four games. Jake Allen made 28 stops.
"We had a lot of guys that weren't ready, it happens. It's really difficult to
get going in this league when you don't start right and shoot yourself in the
foot," Canadiens coach Martin St Louis said.
"Not having your legs ready or being a bit out of rhythm is one thing, but lots
of turnovers, we were starting their offense for them."
The Red Wings controlled the tempo early, enjoying long stints of possession in
the offensive zone and preventing Montreal from registering a shot in the first
Veleno, a Montreal native, made it 1-0 when he scored his sixth goal 7:21 into
the first period. Fischer added a short-handed goal at 11:44, and Sprong beat
Allen on the blocker side with 40 seconds left.
Montreal got on the board late in the opening period when Barron fired home a
rebound from the slot.
"We just seemed to keep turning the puck over and making dumb mistakes at our
blue line and their blue line. When you give a whole 20 minutes away, it's hard
to win," Suzuki said.
Armia made it 3-2 when he sent a shot over Husso's glove for a short-handed
goal 4:07 into the second. But DeBrincat restored the Red Wings' two-goal lead
less than a minute later from a tight angle.
Montreal got one back to start the third when Suzuki picked the top corner
while on the power play. It was the Canadiens first goal with the man advantage
in 28 attempts, since their Nov. 12 loss to Vancouver.
Montreal kept up its pressure late in the third, and Lindstrom tied it at 4
with 3:59 to go. It was his third goal of the season.
Red Wings: Visit Buffalo on Tuesday.
Canadiens: Host the Seattle Kraken on Monday.
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