Unfortunately for the Detroit Red Wings the Price was right in Montreal

MONTREAL, QC - MARCH 12: Goaltender Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens makes a pad save on Tyler Bertuzzi #59 of the Detroit Red Wings during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on March 12, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - MARCH 12: Goaltender Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens makes a pad save on Tyler Bertuzzi #59 of the Detroit Red Wings during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on March 12, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /
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The Detroit Red Wings ran into the Carey “the price is right” Price last night but at least this time they were able to avoid getting thoroughly embarrassed. The Wings lost 3-1 to the Habs.

Max Domi scored a pair including an empty net goal that would seal the contest in the Bell Centre Tuesday night.  Domi uses his mitts a lot different than his dad ever did.  His dad Tie would use those stone hands to batter faces while Max has finally found his offensive game this season in Montreal. He used his hands to score a pair and beat the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal outshot the Wings to the tune of 36-21.

Similar to Dylan Larkin but a couple of years older, Max Domi is enjoying the best year of his young career in his fourth NHL season.  We can all be thankful that Andrew Shaw wasn’t able to score a hat-trick again as he did in Detroit during that 8-1 drubbing a couple of weeks ago.  Brett Kulak who is famous in Detroit for being tangled up with Dylan Larkin in the past scored the other Habs goal.

The Detroit Red Wings received their lone goal from Andreas Athanasiou.  He’s been able to elevate his game playing center on the top line as Dylan Larkin remains sidelined with a neck strain.  I won’t be shocked if Larkin starts his offseason program a couple of weeks early.  The team shouldn’t risk reinjuring their star forward but I would like him to have a chance to accomplish 30 goals, he’s 3 away.  But at what cost?  It might be safe to shut him down and ride out the remainder of the season, coasting trying to lose for Hughes.

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Andreas Athanasiou had a couple of golden opportunities throughout the game including a breakaway early in the first period.  Not only did Carey Price make a glorious sprawling save on Athanasiou he somehow made a save on the rebound opportunity, robbing Frans Nielsen.  Nielsen had an empty net and thought he had the opening goal as he started to raise his hands.  Price somehow was able to get a pad on the puck and smother it as the Wings players jammed away in the crease to no avail.

Although Price was only forced to make 20 saves on the night and for the most part was under no sustained pressure he did make a couple of remarkable saves at various points throughout the contest.  The win was Price’s 315th of his career.   He is now the winningest goaltender in Montreal Canadien history as he passes the great Jacques Plante.

Jonathan Ericsson left the game with a leg injury and was unable to return.  While he was making a play on the puck in front of the players’ bench, the top half of his body went one direction, and his leg was caught under a Montreal player bending a way in which your leg is not supposed to bend.

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The Detroit Red Wings have lost their last 9 games against the Montreal Canadiens.  Needless to say, they’ve owned the Wings of late. Jonathan Bernier played excellent making 34 saves but received little to no help all evening.  The row remains tough to hoe for the club as they welcome in the Tampa Bay Lightning to Little Caesars Arena Thursday night.