Canadiens bounce Howard as they rout Red Wings, 8-1
The Red Wings were embarrassed, and they should have been.
Detroit got clobbered 8-1 by the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night at Little Caesars Arena.
“There’s no explanation. It’s embarrassing. No explanation at all,” Dylan Larkin said.
The Wings lost their sixth consecutive game (0-4-2), allowed a hat trick for the second straight game (Andrew Shaw on Tuesday after Joe Pavelski had a natural hat trick for the San Jose Sharks on Sunday), and gave up five goals in the second period, a career high in points for Max Domi (five on two goals and three assists) and a career high in assists for Jonathan Drouin (four).
“I'm not sure what happened,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “It went in our net too easy, but not from a goaltending perspective. We gave up stupid chances out of nowhere and they were in the net. When you don't play great defense, you have no chance because you are always digging the puck out of your net.”
To add insult to injury, former Red Wing Tomas Tatar scored Montreal’s first goal of the night, 6:16 into the game.
Tatar has sympathy for his former team.
“I played here for seven years, and I still have a lot of friends here,” Tatar said. “They are a great organization that went to the playoffs for 25 straight years, and now they are dealing with something a lot tougher. Dynasties change after a while. That's now the NHL goes.”
The way his goal happened was indicative in how things would go for Detroit for the rest of the evening. Tatar outfought rookie defenseman Filip Hronek – who had an absolutely dreadful night, as did Mike Green – in the Wings zone, to get to a bouncing puck off a long flip pass. That gave Tatar a partial breakaway, and he beat Jimmy Howard with a quick move and forehand shot.
“Flipped the puck in the first period, got it behind us and it’s in the net,” Blashill said.
Howard was not great but deserved a much better fate. In his return from missing two games due to illness, he allowed six goals on 22 shots before being pulled after the second period. It was the third consecutive start in which he was pulled.
“Backdoors, 2-on-1’s, turnovers. Howie (Howard) had no chance on a lot of those,” Larkin said.
Jonathan Bernier stopped 10 of 12 shots in the third period.
Anthony Mantha saved the Red Wings from a shutout when he scored with 1:44 left in the second period. It was his 16th goal.
Defenseman Madison Bowey made his Red Wings debut after being acquired from the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals in a trade that sent defenseman Nick Jensen to the nation’s capital on Friday. It turned out not to be the best night for debuts as Bowey was minus-3 with three shots and four blocked shots in 16:47 of ice time.
… Trevor Daley was a late scratch because of an upper-body injury.
… Thomas Vanek missed his second game due to a hip flexor injury.