MONTREAL - The Red Wings have not had much luck against the Montreal Canadiens, especially in Montreal.
But thanks to Anthony Mantha's overtime winner and Jimmy Howard's stellar play, the Wings left the Bell Centre with a 2-1 overtime win.
It was Detroit's first win in Montreal since a 2-1 overtime victory on Feb. 26, 2014.
1. Anthony Mantha : With 49.6 seconds left in overtime, Mantha got the puck from Danny DeKeyser and beat Montreal goaltender Al Montoya for the game-winner in front of a large contingent of family and friends. Wings coach Jeff Blashill has said at times Mantha has been the team's best player. But when Blashill felt that Mantha's play had dropped off, he made him a healthy scratch for two games March 10 and 12. Before the game, Blashill said that the last two periods Monday night at home against Buffalo were Mantha's best since he returned to the lineup. Mantha finished with a game-high seven shots on goal.
Quotable: "DK brought the puck in. He had one of the guys on him, so he just tried to tap it back. I grabbed it, I just tried to make a move on that defender, take a quick shot. I knew I had tried to go twice on the glove side right before, so I tried again and that one was good." - Mantha
Quotable II: "Mo's got such potential. You see glimpses and pieces of it throughout the game. Big body, can skate, he's got unbelievable hands. He's got a bomb of a shot. He really has all the tools and it's great to see to see him get that one, especially here at home for him as well. He played great again. He's played really well since he came here." - Niklas Kronwall
2. Jimmy Howard : Like the rest of the Wings, Howard has not done so well against the Canadiens. But on Tuesday night, Howard looked calm and comfortable, even when the Canadiens were attacking on their three power plays. Howard stopped Shea Weber's powerful shot from the point and the rebounds. Howard finished with 35 saves.
Quotable: "It feels good but I owe a lot to the guys in front of me, the way they played. We were really protecting in front of the net, because they're a team that likes to just throw pucks at the net and be crashing to get dirty ones." - Howard
Quotable II: "He played unreal. He's been playing really good since he came back from that injury and he made some key saves all night long. Obviously, it feels good to get that second point for him." - Mantha
3. Justin Abdelkader : Although the Wings did not score with the man-advantage Monday at home against Buffalo, the power play has improved of late. The Wings capitalized on their chance early in the game as Nathan Beaulieu went to the box for interference 39 seconds into the game and Abdelkader put home his own rebound of Kronwall's shot at :53. Abdelkader has two goals and two assists in his last six games. Frans Nielsen also assisted and now needs just two assists for 250 in his career.
Quotable: "Obviously to get that power-play goal early is a big thing. I would have liked to have another one to see if we could have scored another one. I thought the biggest thing by a country mile is our competitive level is excellent. It was good last night in the second and third, for sure. It wasn't as good in the first but tonight it was excellent. I just think that's a tough game. You come in here after a hard-fought game last night, you get in late and I thought our guys competed real hard." - Blashill