Montreal Canadiens VS. Detroit Red Wings: Jimmy Howard Stops Habs’ Comeback Bid

December 11th, 2010 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
Before last night's match between the Canadiens and Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena, I had a lot of discussions about the game online. Some felt that the Habs were due for a stinker while others thought this was a game destined for a shootout. Whatever the final outcome, however, most everyone felt it was going to be a close game.

Well, it certainly lived up to the expectations.

The Habs employed a hermetic defensive system, shutting down the neutral zone and waiting for opportunities to counter-attack. This is the standard Jacques Martin road game and, were it not for a bevy of penalties, the Habs could have walked away with the two points.

The Canadiens opened the scoring when Michael Cammalleri's shot came off of the back boards and was knocked in off of Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard, by Travis Moen.

Up until that point the Habs were playing the perfect road game.

Things fell apart however, when the Canadiens took four first-period penalties including three in the final five minutes, handing the momentum over to the Red Wings. The result was a barrage from Detroit as they outshot the Habs 18-7 in the first.

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