from Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press,
The Canadiens were the NHL’s worst team last season and there’s little reason to think they’ll make much of a leap this year. But they stuck to their plan of falling back on defense and protecting Allen, who was peppered with pucks all night.
Still, the Wings were tied with a bad team through two periods in the season opener at home, with Vladimir Konstantinov in a suite and the Calder Trophy in the building to recognize Moritz Seider’s excellent rookie season.
Were the Wings really going to lose this game? Was this the way a season with so much hope and promise was going to start?
Then Lalonde did something in the second intermission that might be the hardest thing for a coach to pull off. He asked his players to believe in what they were doing, even though they couldn’t see the results of that work. He asked for their faith.
“Just stay on task, and that’s all we talked about,” he said. “You know this early on there's so many little things you can pick apart in the game, and that’s what tomorrow morning will be for.
“But just staying on task with it. Don't chase it, you don't need to chase it. Because there's a couple times in the second (period) — and that team will make you pay — we were close to a couple of turnovers. We're close to mismanaging the puck.”