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WINGS POSTGAME: Athanasiou shines on bobblehead night

The Detroit Red Wings haven’t lost to the Montreal Canadiens this season.

That statement still is true after Tuesday night’s game.

The Red Wings won 4-3 at Little Caesars Arena, sweeping a season series against the Canadiens for the first time in franchise history.

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Thoughts and Highlights

  • Another terrible start for the Red Wings, as they finished the first period with four shots. For context, the Canadiens had two goals.
  • Detroit made a push in the second period, owning 58.06% of the shot attempts for.
  • Early in the first period, a turnover in the defensive zone leads to a Nate Thompson goal and a 1-0 lead for the Canadiens.
  • Later in the first, with the Red Wings on the penalty kill, Jeff Petry blasted a shot past Jonathan Bernier to give Montreal a 2-0 lead.
  • Early in the second period, the Red Wings cut the lead to 2-1 off a Robby Fabbri wrister, which snapped a five-game pointless streak for the 24-year-old.

  • About 13 minutes into the second period, with the Canadiens on the power play, Nick Suzuki beat Bernier after a pretty tic-tac-toe passing play, Montreal’s second power-play goal.
  • Early in the third period, the Red Wings cut the deficit to 3-2, as Alex Biega made a nice pass between Xavier Ouellet‘s legs, and Andreas Athanasiou backhanded a shot past Carey Price.

  • The Red Wings completed the comeback, as Anthony Mantha fed a streaking Mike Green, who flubbed a shot through the legs of Price. It was Green’s 500th point.

  • About four minutes later, Athanasiou gave the Red Wings the lead off a nice pass from Tyler Bertuzzi.

GIF of the Game

What a roller coaster of a game.

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Motor City MVP

Andreas Athanasiou

With two goals on his bobblehead night, Athanasiou has found his scoring touch late in the season. He now has five goals in his past six games, and he slowly is starting to up his trade value.