Canadiens lose game and their goalie in Detroit

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

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The Canadiens suffered a double loss Saturday when they dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena and lost goalkeeper 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 their first win in three attempts against Montreal this season.

The Canadiens drew 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 hit the endboards, but the puck returned to Lehkonen, who was lying on the ice as he swept the puck ahead to a wide-open Wideman.

The momentum of that game changed after Allen was pulled from the ice with 48 seconds remaining in the first period to experience the NHL’s concussion protocol. Larkin stepped on Jeff Petry as he drove to the net when Petry gave him a push from behind. Unbalanced Larkin then plowed into Allen with 1:09 remaining. Larkin seemed to take the worst of the collision but, after resuming his position in the net, Allen left the ice at 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 the lead 2-1 as they scored on the first two shots against Montembeault.

Larkin showed he was no worse for wear when he tied the score with a shot from an impossible angle. He launched it from the goal line, which went behind Montembeault and went into the far post. It was a great shot, but one Montembeault could have stopped as well if he 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 an opening between the goalkeeper’s body and his arm.

Montembeault was more comfortable after the two early goals and made 22 saves before Larkin potted the winner.

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Ryan Poehling opened the scoring early in the first period when the Canadiens took advantage of a Detroit turnover in the neutral zone. Poehling used Red Wings defender Marc Staal as a screen and Alex Nedeljkovic was unable to track the hockey puck when Poehling put the shot from the right counterattack circle through Staal’s legs. It was the first target since January 13, 2020 for Poehling, which was recalled by the Laval Rocket earlier in the week.

Michael Pezzetta gathered help on Poehling’s goal for his first point in the NHL.

No team could win on the power play. The Red Wings went 0-for-2 with three shots on goal, while the Canadiens were 0-for-3 with four shots.

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

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