Petry, Tatar lead Canadiens to 3-2 win over Wings
Three names familiar to Detroit-area hockey fans were productive on Tuesday night.
Unfortunately, two of the three play for the Montreal Canadiens, who defeated the Red Wings 3-2 at Little Caesars Arena.
Detroit has lost eight of its last nine (1-6-2).
Montreal defenseman Jeff Petry – Ann Arbor native, Michigan State alum and son of former Detroit Tigers pitcher Dan Petry – scored the eventual winning goal, his first NHL goal in Detroit. And former Wing Tomas Tatar had two assists.
Andreas Athanasiou scored both Detroit goals to give him six in the last seven games and 17 for the season, and Jimmy Howard made 22 saves.
“First, extremely bad turnovers cost us at the beginning of periods, especially the second and third,” Niklas Kronwall said.
“Turnovers definitely cost us tonight,” he said. “It is something we have to fix to start winning games.”
After Petry scored just 19 seconds into the third period to make it 3-1, Athanasiou’s power-play goal brought the Red Wings to within one, for the final margin, 4:39 later.
“We gave away three easy goals,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “We have to work like dogs to score and then we give away three. We can't win that way.”
After a scoreless first period, the Canadiens took a 2-0 lead within the first two minutes of the second period.
Brendan Gallagher scored 30 seconds into the middle period and Joel Armia got a goal at the 1:36 mark.
Anthanasiou’s first goal made it 2-1, 6:39 into the second, as he capitalized on a Montreal turnover in its own zone.
… Tuesday night’s game ended a five-game homestand, in which the Red Wings went 1-3-1. They now play six of their next eight on the road, including Friday night in Winnipeg and Saturday night in Minnesota.