Canadiens seek to stay on a roll vs. Red Wings

Things are looking up for the Montreal Canadiens, who begin a three-game road trip on Saturday night at Detroit.Actually, you could say the 2021 Stanley Cup finalists, who started the season with five straight losses, are finally looking down; they moved out of the Atlantic Division cellar for the first time this season with a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.The win put Montreal two points ahead of the last-place Ottawa Senators in the Atlantic and gave the Canadiens a respectable 4-5-1 record since their poor start.Some potentially good news for Montreal is that two of their four wins this season have come over Detroit, outscoring the Red Wings 9-1. The bad news is the Canadiens have yet to win back-to-back games this season and are a dismal 1-5-0 on the road.Nick Suzuki and Brendan Gallagher both had a goal and an assist and Jake Allen made 24 saves in the win over Calgary. Suzuki got his game winner in the third period, banking a shot from behind the goal off the skate of Flames’ goalie Jacob Markstrom that bounced into the net to break a 2-2 tie.Suzuki, who has nine points in his past five games, had tried a similar shot earlier that Markstrom stopped.”He was more off the post on the second one,” Suzuki said. “He had some words (after the first one). I think he said it wasn’t going to work on him. The second one went in and he gave me a little tap a few shifts later, so he was probably mad it went in off him.”Montreal finished its five-game homestand with a 2-2-1 record, concluding with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings and the win over Calgary.”It was an intense game, physical enough, and our players responded,” Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme said. “From beginning to end, I thought we were solid for 60 minutes.”

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