Detroit Red Wings back to losing a night after beating Montreal
DETROIT (AP) — Anze Kopitar passed Wayne Gretzky on the all-time scoring list — for the Los Angeles Kings, that is.
Kopitar scored twice to help the Kings beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 Sunday night.
The goals gave Kopitar 919 career points, moving him past Gretzky and into fourth place on the franchise list.
“I mean, he probably got his points in 400 games, not the number it took me to do it, but when you are mentioned in the same sentence as Wayne, it’s a pretty big deal,” Kopitar said. “Maybe I can brag about this one for just a little bit, because I’m not going to break any of his other records.”
Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli also scored for Los Angeles, which has won three of its last four (3-0-1). Alex Iafallo had two assists and Jack Campbell, who is from Port Huron, stopped 22 shots.
Defenseman Madison Bowey had a goal and an assist, and Filip Zadina also scored for Detroit. Eric Comrie finished with 28 saves.
“I thought we got out-competed, out-executed and outworked,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “If you do those three things you have no chance.”
Red Wings 2, Canadiens 1
At Montreal on Saturday night, Jonathan Bernier knew he was locked in from the moment he stepped onto the Bell Centre ice for warm-up.
In front of friends and family in Montreal, Bernier made a season-high 42 saves as the league-worst Red Wings downed the Canadiens.
The win was their second straight after dropping 12 straight.
“From warm-up, the puck just seemed to be slower,” said Bernier, who improved to 7-9-2 on the season. “If you talk to a pitcher or a goalie, they’ll understand what I’m saying. For me, that’s what it is. When you’re feeling good, you’re just seeing things slower.
“Some games are harder, mentally, than others but tonight I felt pretty good.”
Montreal outshot Detroit 43-20 as Bernier stopped all but one chance.
The Laval, Quebec, native denied Phillip Danault on a short-handed breakaway in the first. He made key saves on Brendan Gallagher and Nick Cousins, from the slot, in the second.
With Montreal piling on the pressure in the third, the Red Wings goalie made his best save of the night on rookie Nick Suzuki, with his glove, while sprawled out on the ice.
Bernier stopped 20 shots in the third period alone. It was the goaltender’s second victory against the Canadiens this season after a 4-2 triumph in Montreal’s home opener.
The 31-year-old was 47 seconds away from his first shutout of the season, but Tomas Tatar scored for Montreal on a one-timer from the blue line in the final minute. Carey Price was on the bench for the extra skater.
“Bernier played good,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “He made a lot of real good saves. He hung in there strong.”
The Red Wings (9-22-3) entered the game with the league’s worst record and worst offense but took a 1-0 lead after 3:21 on Tyler Bertuzzi’
s 11th of the season. Dylan Larkin orchestrated the goal by stealing the puck from Montreal defenseman Shea Weber behind the Canadiens net before feeding a wide-open Bertuzzi in the slot.
The game remained close until Mike Green doubled Detroit’s lead at 7:42 of the third on the power play. Green fooled Price on the blocker side with a one-timer from the point that went off the post and in. Riley Barber was in the penalty box for slashing.