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WINGS SHOOT-DOWN HABS.....RED WINGS 3, Montreal 2 (SO), Sa 11/21/09
Posted on: 11-21-2009

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    After letting a 2-0/3rd-Per lead
slip away, the Red Wings were perfect
in the shootout session and edged the
Canadiens 3-2 Saturday night in this
season's only "Original Six" meeting between the two teams.
    Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg both scored for Detroit in the shootout
while Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard foiled both Canadiens shootout snipers.
    The defeat was a first in extra time for Montreal this season. The Habs had
gone 4-0 in overtime and 4-0 in shootouts for a combined 8-0 mark beyond regulation.
    The Wings win snapped Detroit's two game losing skid.
    Georges Laraque took a triple minor in the 1st-Per to give Detroit a pair of
power play goals. Laraque was issued a double minor for an accidental high stick
that cut Detroit's Darren Helm. On the same shift Laraque delivered a knee-on-knee
hit that put Wings DEF Niklas Kronwall out of action for at least two weeks.
    Kronwall will have an MRI Sunday for a left knee MCL injury.  
    Brad Stuart (#2) sent a right point snapshot through traffic for a 1-0 lead at
12:41/1. Stuart had eight of Detroit's 16 shots on goal in the 1st-Per.
    When Montreal's Paul Mara broke his stick on a cross-check and Laraque was still
in the box it created a lengthy 5-on-3. The Red Wings cashed in again when Pavel
Datsyuk (#6) redirected Brian Rafalski's left point shot-pass for a tip-in at 14:42/1.
    Former Michigan Wolverine Michael Cammalleri scored twice (#10 & #11) on wrist
shots in the 3rd-Per to tie it for Montreal. His first goal of the game came on a slot
shot just 9-sec into the period. Cammalleri's second came when he was left alone to
the right of the net. Both goals came on feeds from Andrei Kostitsyn.
    After a fruitless overtime the shootout started and Howard's glovehand knocked
aside Cammalleri's attempt at the top right corner. Datsyuk deked to his forehand
to beat Canadiens goaltender Carey Price in the top left corner. Montreal's Tomas
Plekanec went to the right wall and then cut in on a sharp angle to try and best
Howard, but outfoxed himself and fired just enough wide left to clip the outside
of the post. Zetterberg then stickhandled and wristered through Price's 5-hole to
end the game.


R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK:   "We needed a win. I thought we played well,
we gave up 18 shots on the road, we had the puck for a lot of the game, and yet,
we got to give them credit [for forcing overtime & shootout]...I thought Howie
played good for us. I didn’t like the first goal by Cammalleri, but he battled and
was able to beat Price in a shootout...You know it's something [Laraque's knee-on-
knee hit to Kronwall] that shouldn't happen in hockey. A guy shouldn't hang his leg
out there and hurt another guy. It's unacceptable and it's disappointing, obviously.
We just lost a good player for a period of time. Our doctors will look at him, but
he's out for a chunk for sure.''

R-WINGS GM KEN HOLLAND:   "We won't know until we get the pictures [of Kronwall's
knee]. We hope it's [only] an MCL sprain...Was it knee-on-knee? Yes. Was it a dirty hit?
Yes. I thought it was a dirty play. I have no comment on the referee [not ejecting Laraque
for intent to injure] because I have the luxury to look at it in slow motion, but it was a
play we don't need in hockey."

R-WINGS FWD HENRIK ZETTERBERG:   "We came in here, we got a lot of power play
from the beginning -- up two goals. I think it was a well-played game, both teams
coming from back-to-back games so it was good goaltending...It’s sad that that’s
still going on. [Laraque] saw he was late and put out his leg and got Kronner. It’s a
bad hit and he should be out of the game."

R-WINGS DEF/CAPT NICKLAS LIDSTROM:   "We gave them one point, but we got the
two points that we wanted and needed."

R-WINGS GOALIE JIMMY HOWARD:   "''The way I figure it is in the shootout it was
my chance to sort of get a little bit of retribution [for allowing two 3rd-Per goals]
...We gutted it out, we found a way to win."


    Howard started for the fifth time in six games.
    The Red Wings outshot Montreal 34-18.
    Detroit is now 2-4 beyond regulation this season.
    Montreal wore throwback uniforms of Quebec powder blue with white trim and
a letter "C" logo on the front in honor of its upcoming 100th anniversary on DEC 4TH
as a charter member of the National Hockey Association (which became the NHL).
The Canadiens wore these unis in their first 1909-10 season.    
    Detroit visits Nashville Monday night to end its two-game road trip. A healthy
scratch most of this season, DEF Derek Meech will take Kronwall's place in the lineup.


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