Canadiens lose the game and their goalie in Detroit

Jake Allen suffered a possible concussion and was replaced by Samuel Montembeault in a 3-2 decision in overtime against the Red Wings.

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The Canadiens suffered a double loss on Saturday when they lost a 3-2 decision in overtime to the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena and lost goalie Jake Allen, who suffered a possible concussion when he collided with Dylan Larkin late in the first. period.

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Larkin scored his second goal of the game at 2:41 to give Detroit its first win in three attempts against Montreal this season.

The Canadiens threw even early in the third when Chris Wideman scored from the slot with a high shot to the far post. Artturi Lehkonen and Robby Fabbri crashed into the end boards, but the puck returned to Lehkonen, who was lying on the ice when he swept the puck in front of a wide-open Wideman.

The momentum of this game changed after Allen was taken off the ice with 48 seconds left in the first period to undergo the NHL concussion protocol. Larkin had stepped on Jeff Petry as he was driving towards the net when Petry pushed him from behind. An unbalanced Larkin then crashed into Allen with 1:09 remaining. Larkin appeared to get the brunt of the collision, but after resuming his position at the net, Allen left the ice on the next whistle and was replaced by Samuel Montembeault.

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Montreal failed to score on a power play that overlapped the first two periods and the Red Wings took a 2-1 lead when they scored on the first two shots against Montembeault.

Larkin proved he was no worse when he tied the score with a shot from an impossible angle. He launched it from the finish line, which went behind Montembeault and entered the far post. It was a great shot, but also a Montembeault could have been stopped if it had been in position.

The Red Wings took the lead 45 seconds later when Pius Suter scored on a drive from the high slot that found a gap between the goalkeeper’s body and his arm.

Montembeault felt more comfortable after the first two goals and made 22 saves before Larkin scored the winner.

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Ryan Poehling opened the scoring early in the first period when the Canadiens took advantage of a Detroit fumble in the neutral zone. Poehling used Red Wings defender Marc Staal as a screen and Alex Nedeljkovic couldn’t track the puck when Poehling launched the shot from the right circle through Staal’s legs. It was the first goal since January 13, 2020 for Poehling, who was retired from the Laval Rocket earlier in the week.

Michael Pezzetta received an assist on Poehling’s goal for his first NHL point.

Neither team was able to score in the power play. The Red Wings were 0 of 2 with three shots on goal, while the Canadiens were 0 of 3 with four shots.

This was the first half of a straight series for the Canadiens, who will face the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Sunday. (7 p. M., TSN2, RDS, TSN-690, 98.5 FM) .

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