FINAL | Game 27, Away Game 13 | Thursday November 30, 2017 
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI.

CANADIENS
Montreal

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6-3

RED WINGS
Detroit

(Photo by Paul Sancya / Associated Press)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings 

Byron – De La Rose – Galchenyuk
Pacioretty – Danault – Shaw
Hudon – Plekanec – Gallagher 
Deslauriers – Froese – Carr

Alzner – Petry
Benn – Jerabek
Mete – Schlemko 

Goaltenders

Price
Niemi

Scratches

Brandon Davidson, Joe Morrow

Injuries

Ales Hemsky – concussion, Nikita Scherbak – knee,  Al Montoya – concussion, Artturi Lehkonen – lower-body, Shea Weber – lower-body, Jonathan Drouin – lower-body

Game Report

A four-game winning streak and your Montreal Canadiens are in a playoff position just as we turn the calendar page to December.

And who do you have to thank? Claude Julien, you say?

Well, that’s true. Coach Julien did pen Price’s name into the goaltender slot for the fourth consecutive game. And for the fourth time Price delivered particularly in the first period when the Canadiens were still searching for their skating legs that they left on the plane. 

Being down just 2-1 after 20 minutes was testament to just how good Price was after the Canadiens were outshot 13-6, gave up numerous odd man rushes and were dominated by the home team. It also helped that Brendan Gallagher’s engine was running on high recording his first of two goals on the night. The second assist went to the newly-arrived Daniel Carr.

The point by Carr began what would turn out to be a theme on the night: contributions from young talent.

Rookie Charles Hudon scored his third of the season early in the second period to tie the game. 43 seconds the Canadiens permanently changed the direction of the night in their favor on a goal by Andrew Shaw. Before the period was done, Jacob De La Rose retrieved the puck twice to perfectly set up Alex Galchenyuk giving the visitors a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes.

It was a three point night for Gallagher including two goals. On his line, Tomas Plekanec had two assists. Phillip Danault and Jeff Petry also had two assists each. Points from Galchenyuk, Carr, De la Rose and Hudon added up to a great night from the young Canadiens.

But once again it is the Canadiens franchise goaltender who has carried his team to a playoff spot.

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▲    Brendan Gallagher, Carey Price, Tomas Plekanec, Charles Hudon, Jacob De La Rose, Alex Galchenyuk

▼    Nicolas Deslauriers, Byron Froese

 Statistics 
CANADIENS   RED WINGS
25 Shots 31
52% Face-offs 48%
2-for-4 Power Play 2-for-4
8 Penalty Minutes 8
14 Hits 16
41 Corsi For 57
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens (11-12-3) 1 3 2 6
 Red Wings (8-9-6) 2 0 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Gallagher (11)-PPG, Hudon (3), Shaw (6), Galchenyuk (6), Gallagher (12), Pacioretty (8)-PPG
  • DET: Mantha (12), Tatar (8)-PPG, Nielsen (7)-PPG
  • MTL: Price (W) 7-7-1
  • DET: Howard (L) 8-8-4
 NHL Three Stars

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  1. Brendan Gallagher  MTL
  2. Carey Price  MTL
  3. Charles Hudon  MTL

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Coach Claude Julien

  • “When Carey comes back in, there’s another confidence level. It’s another jolt in the right direction. He gives us a chance to win every night.”
  • “When guys like [Jonathan Drouin] go down, someone has to step in and I thought [Jacob De la Rose] played a solid two-way game. He plays well defensively, he skates well. It was a back and forth game, but I thought he played well.”

Alex Galchenyuk

  • “Of course, the way [Carey Price] is playing right now is high-level. When he plays like that, all we have to do is try to find a way to score goals and get the win.”

Brendan Gallagher

  • “We were slow at the start, we weren’t winning the battles. When you’re playing back-to-back, the first period is the toughest. You’re trying to get your legs under you and you have to play smart and we didn’t play smart in that period. But we turned it around. We were able to get the lead in the second period and then in the third we played a really smart road game.”

Quotes courtesy of NHL.com

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