Bernier stops 42 shots as Wings nip Habs for 2nd straight win
Red Wing Anthony Mantha returned to the ice Saturday night after missing the last eight games. But that wasn’t the big news that came out of Montreal.
Jonathan Bernier made 42 saves as Detroit held off the Canadiens 2-1 for its second straight win.
Mike Green scored a power-play goal in the third period and Tyler Bertuzzi also scored for the Red Wings (9-22-3), who had dropped 12 straight.
Green also added an assist. His goal was the game-winner when Tomas Tatar scored in the game’s final minute for the Canadiens (15-12-6).
Montreal outshot Detroit 43-20 but had its three-game win streak snapped. Carey Price made 18 saves in defeat.
Detroit took a 1-0 lead at 3:21 of the first period on Bertuzzi’s 11th goal of the season. Dylan Larkin stole the puck from Montreal defenseman Shea Weber behind the Canadiens net and fed a wide-open Bertuzzi in the slot.
The game remained close until Green scored at 7:42 of the third on a power play. He fooled Price blocker side with a one-timer from the point that went off the post and in. Riley Barber was serving a slashing penalty.
Bernier, who’s from the Montreal suburb of Laval, kept the Wings in the game. He denied Phillip Danault on a short-handed breakaway in the first and made key saves on Brendan Gallagher and Nick Cousins, from the slot, in the second.
With Montreal exerting pressure in the third, Bernier made his best save of the night on rookie Nick Suzuki, a glove stop while sprawled out on the ice.
The win was Bernier’s second against the Canadiens this season after a 4-2 triumph in Montreal’s home opener.