DETROIT - The Montreal Canadiens did not bring their full squad but that doesn't mean they mailed it in.
Alex Galchenyuk scored at 1:42 of overtime to give the Canadiens a 3-2 victory in their final game at Joe Louis Arena.
The Canadiens finished their season 47-26-9 while the Wings host the New Jersey Devils in the final game at the Joe Sunday night.
1. Second to last game: Nick Lidstrom dropped the ceremonial first puck for current Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg and Michigan native Jeff Petry. Montreal captain Max Pacioretty did not make the trip to Detroit. There were quite a few Canadiens fans in the house and a large group of Wings alumni at the game. Although the game was not significant for either team, it was a lively and festive atmosphere.
Quotable: "I wondering if Nick brought his gear. I thought it was awesome when he walked out. The ovation was amazing, as well-deserved, obviously one of the best players of all-time and certainly one of the best Red Wings and brought lots of great moments to the fans in this building. Obviously, they were loaded up for the octopi. The atmosphere over the last, really all season, but over the last 4-5 games has been unbelievable. It's a playoff-type atmosphere. When the puck drops in Joe Louis Arena it's as good a building as anywhere. The amenities at the new Little Caesars Arena will be great, but when the puck actually drops and you're standing on the bench, it's an amazing atmosphere." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill
2. Frans Nielsen/Dylan Larkin: Nielsen led the charge for the Wings in the first period, recording three of the team's 13 shots. At 10:44 of the first, one of those shots found the back of the net. Nielsen's backhand goal from the low slot was his 17th of the season, giving the Wings a 1-0 lead. It's the fourth time in his career that Nielsen has scored 17 or more goals. At 12:51 of the second, Larkin recorded his 17th goal, a shot from the right circle that restored the lead, 2-1.
Quotable: "It was a great pass. He held it just long enough where the goalie couldn't cheat over it or respect him. It was a great pass. I don't know how it got through him or what happened. I just tried to put it on net." - Larkin
3. Matt Lorito: With Andreas Athanasiou unable to play due to injury, Matt Lorito made his NHL debut. Lorito started on a line with Dylan Larkin and Justin Abdelkader, slotting into Athanasiou's usual spot. It didn't take long for Lorito to register his first NHL point, picking up the second assist on Larkin's goal at 12:51 of the second period.
Quotable: "Anytime you can help contribute, it's always nice. I just tried to use my speed through the middle and luckily I got it over to Tats and he made a nice play to Larks and it was a nice finish." - Lorito
Quotable II: "He brought a lot of energy. He was very skilled with the puck. I really enjoyed playing with him and look forward to tomorrow playing with him." - Larkin on Lorito