Red Wings 2/ Canada 1: Bernier wins with 42 stops

Red Wings 2/ Canadien 1: Bernier s'impose avec 42 arrêts

Jonathan Bernier has surrendered only before Tomas Tatar in the end of the game. He has made 42 stops and brought his record career in the face of the Holy Flannel to 3-11-3.

December 14, 2019 21h53

Updated at 23h16

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Red Wings 2/ Canada 1: Bernier wins with 42 stops

Alexis Belanger-Champagne

The Canadian Press

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MONTREAL — The Canadian fell in the trap Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

Montreal has not played with her upright the past few weeks during the first two periods and the Detroit Red Wings took advantage to win 2-1.

“If I mention this is because I believe there is parity in the league, insisted the head coach of the Canadian, Claude Julien. Even if the Red Wings had only eight victories before the match, they had beaten a good team by the Winnipeg Jets in their last outing.

“They have good skaters even if we know they are in the process of reconstruction. It does not forgive the defeat. It wants rather to say that if you are not willing to play at the height of your abilities, these things are going to happen.”

Mike Green has collected one goal and an assist, while Tyler Bertuzzi also hit the target for the Red Wings (9-22-3), who have won a second game after having experienced a series of 12 defeats.

Jonathan Bernier has surrendered only before Tomas Tatar in the end of the game. He has made 42 stops and brought his record career in the face of the Holy Flannel to 3-11-3.

On the side of the Canadian (15-12-6), Carey Price gave away two goals on 20 shots.

“We can give credit to the goalkeeper, who has been very good. But at the same time, it is necessary to look in the mirror and ask what we could have done better, recalled Julien. In situations of fight for the puck, I have found that we have lacked in zeal for the first two periods.”

The Red Wings were quick to open the scoring after 3:21 of the game, when Dylan Larkin stole the drive to Shea Weber behind the net on the Canadian set the table for the 11th thread of Bertuzzi this season.

Phillip Danault got two chances to replicate quickly. His shot from the enclave reached Larkin at the first opportunity, then he has been frustrated by Bernier on a breakaway, when the Canadian was playing shorthanded.

The Canadian has also knocked at the door late in the first period during a numerical superiority. His lack of synchronism has, however, prevented him from retreating to the locker room in a deadlock.

The second period was rather quiet, apart from a small scuffle between the attacker of the Red Wings Anthony Mantha and the defender of the Canadian Jeff Petry.

The Habs came out in force in the third period, but Bernier has been spectacular. It has reserved its most beautiful stops in Suzuki and Brett Kulak on the same sequence after a little more than two minutes of the game, including the one stretching the left arm on the ice.

Bernier has been recognized by his teammates a few minutes later. Green has widened the gap to 2-0 in the digital advantage with a powerful shot on reception. Rookie Riley Barber was on the bench, following a debatable decision of the arbitrators.

The Lights zoomed around the net for the Red Wings after replacing Price by an extra attacker. Tatar has reduced the gap to a single goal with a 46.4 seconds to do, but Bernier has had the last word.

After the meeting, the Canadian has recalled striker Lukas Vejdemo of the Rocket of Laval and gave the defender Otto Leskinen. Earlier in the day, the Habs had recalled the goaltender Charlie Lindgren and demoted Cayden Primeau.

The Canadian will fly out Sunday for Vancouver, where he will face the Canucks on Tuesday. It will then make stops in Calgary, Thursday in Edmonton, Saturday, and Winnipeg on the 23rd of December.

Echoes of locker room

Phillip Danault was disappointed with the beginning of the game the Canadian:

“I found that they came out stronger than us, and it should have been the opposite. We would have had to give the tone for the game.”

Nick Suzuki has given credit to Jonathan Bernier for the score in the match:

“It has been good. The puck was hitting him or it was of good stops. We had a few chances in gold at the mouth of the net. On mine, I would have had to find a way to score. Sometimes, it is necessary to lift our hat.”

Jonathan Bernier, who is a native of Laval, was happy to win another match in front of parents and friends at the Bell Centre:

“It is certain that it is special to win where I come from. (…) At the beginning of my career, I put more pressure when I was playing at home. Even before my first two wins, I had known of good matches without win. The last two times, the luck went on my side.”

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