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Walman OT goal gives Red Wings 5-4 victory over Canadiens

Ted Kulfan, The Detroit News on

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Maybe later in the regular season the Red Wings will look back at their trip to Sweden as some sort of turning point.

It certainly has been lately, since returning from a two-game, two-loss trip to Sweden in the NHL Global Series.

The Wings (13-7-3) are 5-1-0 since then, the latest victory Saturday in Montreal, 5-4 in overtime. Jake Walman blasted a shot 54 seconds into overtime, his fifth goal, giving the Wings the victory after the Wings gave up a two-goal lead in the third period and a 3-0 first-period lead.

Former Wings defenseman Gustav Lindstrom tied the score 4-4 at 16:01 of the third period, allowing Montreal to earn a point.

Montreal natives Joe Veleno and Daniel Sprong, Christian Fischer (shorthanded) and Alex DeBrincat (power play) had Wings goals, DeBrincat's goal his milestone 200th career goal. Goaltender Ville Husso made 26 saves.

Justin Barron, Joel Armia (shorthanded) and Nick Suzuki (power play) scored for Montreal (10-11-3).

 

Here are some talking points from the Wings' latest win:

— Key penalty kill — Montreal had a two-man advantage for 1:01 late in the second period, with the Wings holding a 4-2 lead.

The Canadiens were gaining some momentum, and it appeared to be a key juncture in the game, an opportunity for Montreal to get within a goal, maybe even tie.

But the Wings killed the two-man advantage — with some key work from defenseman Jake Walman — then forced Montreal into a penalty thwarting the Canadiens' power play.

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