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Videos- Detroit Spoils Montreal's Home Opener

10/11/2019 at 8:29am EDT

Let's take a look from the other side...

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

“We weren’t sharp,” Julien said after the Canadiens dropped a 4-2 decision to the Detroit Red Wings in their home opener Thursday....

The Canadiens forged a 1-0-2 record to open the season on the road, coming back in all three games to force overtime. But the resiliency factor wore out Thursday.

“You never want to think that way,” Carey Price said when asked if the Canadiens had run out of magic after heading into the third period trailing 3-2. “It was a pretty even game until they scored that empty-net goal.

The Canadiens outshot the Red Wings 11-8 in the third period, but the Red Wings adopted a defensive stance and kept most of the chances to the outside. When the Canadiens did get a good look, it seemed they were concentrating their efforts on hitting Detroit goaltender Jonathan Bernier in the breadbasket....

Carey Price had reason to be frustrated on Detroit’s second goal at the conclusion of the first period.

Dylan Larkin clearly interfered with Price a second before Tyler Bertuzzi buried a backhander.

“It was a point shot and I tried to block (Larkin) in front of me,” Price said. “It was a tip situation and the puck went off the boards and came out in front.”

Price said he was interfered with, but he understood why Julien didn’t challenge the goal and run the risk of taking a penalty if he was wrong.

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Below, watch the extended game highlights and a little celebration in the Wings' room.

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