Zadina gets late winner to give Wings 4-3 victory over Montreal
Filip Zadina’s goal with 3:52 left capped a three-goal third period to give the Red Wings a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Montreal Canadiens at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday night.
It was Detroit’s third consecutive win over Montreal this season.
“Yeah, that hurts,” said Montreal’s Tomas Tatar, a former Red Wing.
Especially when you consider that Detroit is the worst team in the league.
“We needed this win against them tonight so bad,” Zadina said.
It was his fifth goal of the season and second in two games.
“It was good to see,” Frans Nielsen said. “He’s been great for us ever since he came up here.”
Nielsen scored twice to triple his goal output for 2019-20.
He ripped a shot off the glove of Canadiens goalie Charlie Lindren and into the net from the slot off a pass from Adam Erne, who was behind the net.
Robby Fabbri also scored, and Givani Smith got his first career point with an assist on Nielsen’s first goal. Jonathan Bernier made 23 saves
“I thought tonight overall we played well,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “I don’t want to say like, really, really well, but I thought we played well for sure. I thought we did a lot of things. We didn’t beat ourselves. We played more efficient overall.”
Nielsen’s second goal of the game, on a breakaway, tied it at 3-3 with 8:41 left. He came into the game with just a goal and four points.
“It’s been tough. I feel like I tried to just play my game and work hard every night,” Nielsen said. “It was nice to get rewarded.”
Victor Mete gave Montreal a 3-2 lead 6:13 into the third period when his attempted pass went in off the skate of Filip Hronek.
Fabbri tied the game 2-2, 51 seconds into the third period on a wrist shot from the slot. It was his 11th goal and came after a steal by Tyler Bertuzzi.
Nielsen put the Red Wings on the board to make it 2-1, with 7:38 remaining in the second period when he scored off a goal-mouth scramble
Arturri Lehkonen’s shorthanded goal with 7:12 left in the first period gave Montreal a 1-0 lead. He intercepted Hronek’s pass at the Canadiens blue line and was off on a breakaway. He slid the puck between Bernier’s pads.
Nick Sukuzi’s 5-on-3 power-play goal 6:31 into the second period made it 2-0, Montreal. He put one past Bernier from the left corner of the crease.