Regardless of the fact that Montreal finally found their game in the third period and could have possibly tied and even won it in these late stages, I’m saying that this is one of those losses that can be considered almost good in some ways.
Games like this will come up every so often, and a team can only learn from such.
Not only were the Canadiens playing a good team in Detroit on this night, but they also faced down six penalties to one after two periods, which meant lines were out of sync, players other than penalty killers were seeing much less ice time, and play was mostly in Montreal’s end as the team killed penalty after penalty. But this is hockey, which means this kind of thing happens from time to time, and because it’s a long season, good teams learn from this kind of adversity, re-adjust, and come out of it new and improved.
It’s too bad the Canadiens lost but it’s not a game to feel terrible about. At least not in my opinion. Especially after the comeback in the third, when the Habs outshot the Wings 19-3 and looked every bit as good, if not better, than this western conference club in Motown that many say can win Lord Stanley’s mug.
Even though the Wings were in control for two-thirds of the game because of the penalties, the final shots tally was 38-32 Montreal.
Travis Moen and Benoit Pouliot scored for Montreal.
Next up – Habs visit Toronto and the teams perform in 3D on some networks. Is 3D the future of televised hockey?