The Detroit Red Wings are typically a hard team to beat, but now that they are in the Eastern Conference, they are one of the teams to beat. Their realignment has really shaken up the conference this season, but although they are a spot-on team, that doesn’t mean that the rest of the conference is going to bow out when they play against them.
When the Red Wings took on the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night, it was really looking like a shutout win for the Red Wings. They were just playing more aggressive than the Habs, as they outshot them for pretty much the whole game. Up until the final minute, it really looked like the Red Wings’ sole goal was going to be a game decision, but with about 30 seconds left in the game, Brian Gionta got the Canadiens on the board and forced an overtime.
The Canadiens really started to wake up once they got the chance for an overtime period, but the Red Wings proved that they were just the better team. Johan Frazen also proved that he’s pretty solid of a teammate, as he assisted both of the Red Wings’ goals to secure their OT win.
Although the Red Wings were able to bring the game back into their favor, they still struggled in the end to become the victor. The Canadiens still get a point since the game was forced into an overtime period, which is not really something you want a conference rival to have, as it does help their overall rankings.
Having played so well in the core of the game and then having to struggle an extra five minutes to ensure a victory is not exactly how the Red Wings planned to win this game.