detroit desharnaiThe Canadiens got a late goal from Alexander Galchenyuk to tie the game at 1-1 and then at the 56-second mark of the overtime David Desharnais scored his first goal of the season and the Canadiens came away with a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.  In a closely fought game, Henrik Zetterberg had given Detroit a 1-0 in the second period.  The Canadiens are now 6-1-0 , the first time they’ve taken twelve of a possible fourteen points to start a season since October 1977.  Shots on goal in the game were 36-28 in favour of the Canadiens.  The three stars were Carey Price, Alex Galchenyuk and Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard.

Adding It Up –

One For The Fans – Not often during the early season fans are treated to a game like this one.  Both teams have great speed.  They gave full effort.  No passengers.  Special teams were perfect on both sides.  The goaltending was excellent.  What’s not to like.  Especially when the home team wins.  Overtime was a legitimate finish to a hard fought game.

Never Say Die – The Canadiens have now come-from-behind to win in all six of their victories this season.  The last time the Canadiens recorded 12 of a possible 14 points to start a season was 1977.  The Canadiens finished with a 58-10-11 record and won their second of four consecutive Stanley Cups

Not Going To Take ItAlex Galchenyuk was involved in a shoving match with the Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey late in the second period.  Quincey wound up taking a roughing minor after a large number of angry words.  In the second minute of the third period, Quincey and Galchenyuk got into a fencing match deep in the Detroit end.  No penalties called.  At 16.51 of the third, Galchenyuk fought off Quincey for Alexei Emelin’s rebound, circled the net and tucked the puck in to tie the game.

detroitgalchenyukThe Arrival – Seven points in seven games for Galchenyuk (3 goals-4 assists),  He was by far the best skater on the best line in the game.  Four of his six shots were on goal.  He also recorded three hits.  With Plekanec and Parenteau the line combined for nine shots on goal and six scoring chances.

Stumbling Out of the Gate – The Canadiens once again got off to slow start offensively. At the game’s ten minute mark the shots were 7-3 for the Wings.  In the first ten minutes of their seven games this season, the Canadiens have been outshot 58-23.  Through the final 50 minutes-plus the Canadiens are 186 to their opponents 163.

Also Worth Mentioning –  ….The Desharnais line may not have had the scoring chances that the Plekanec unit did, but they had the puck a lot.  Ten shots on goal, four each from Desharnais and Gallagher.  And of course, the winning goal on a play Max Pacioretty started,.  …Have I pointed out Manny Malhotra’s work recently?  He won 7 of 9 faceoffs against Detroit.   That’s 78%.  78% on faceoffs in this game. Malhotra also had three shots on goal which is an unexpected bonus.  ….  Malhotra and Travis Moen drew the majority of the up-front penalty killing.   ….Dale Weise was on a line with Lars Eller and Rene Bourque.  He played his best game, leading the Canadiens with six hits.  Eller and Bourque are looking like they did up to last year’s playoffs; a lot of skating and banging, but not much in the way of offense.  The three of them combined for 12 of the Canadiens 24 hits. ….I continue to be impressed with the rapid improvement of Jarred Tinordi on defense.  …The usual suspects on defense, Subban, Markov, Emelin and Weaver also had good games.   …...Strange statistic.  The Canadiens start the season 6-1-0 but their goal differential is plus-1.  (22 goals-for/21 goals-against).  Getting beaten up 7-1 by Tampa Bay will skew the numbers considerably.

Up Next – A couple of days for the Canadiens to work on a few things then the New York Rangers Saturday night at the Bell Centre.  After that it’s Western Canada for three games starting in Edmonton Monday night.