The Montreal Canadiens lost the services of goaltender Jake Allen in a game he lost 3-2 in overtime to the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday night.
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Wings captain Dylan Larkin sealed the outcome of the game in extra period with his second win of the game.
Late in the first period, Larkin, with the help of Jeff Petry, made contact with Allen as he raced towards the net at full speed. Allen remained in the game for a few moments, then gave way to his substitute, Samuel Montembeault.
At the time, the Habs were in control with a goal from Ryan Poehling that earned Michael Pezzetta his first point in the National Hockey League (NHL).
The crowd favorites, however, came out strong in the second period and beat Montembeault on the first two shots which were directed towards him. The goalkeeper recovered nicely by stopping the next 23 shots, then yielding on the final shot.
Larkin initially surprised him with a shot from the corner of the rink to level the score. Then, 45 seconds later, when the house announcer had not finished announcing the last success, Pius Suter stood out in the enclave and beat the Quebecer with a precise shot.
Chris Wideman then brought everyone back to a level playing field with a superb handover from an Artturi Lehkonen who was both sore, kneeling and back to play.
The Canadian will play a second game in as many nights on Sunday as he visits the Bruins in Boston.
Immediately after the meeting, the Habs announced the recall of Cayden Primeau from the Laval Rocket.
The goalkeeper has still not played a single game in the National League this season, he who played four last season. He had maintained a 1-2-1 record, a 4.16 goals-against average and an .849 save rate.
Since the start of the current campaign, with the school club in the American League, he has recorded four wins in eight games, in addition to maintaining a 2.41 goals against average and a .916 save rate.