By: Pat Caputo
So it was a little too close for comfort.
It was a good night nonetheless for the Red Wings. Their 4-3 victory over Montreal was not just a nice win, it was necessary. They had to beat the hapless Canadiens, who checked out on their season long ago.
Boston lost, too, so it’s possible the Red Wings will not only make the playoffs, but do so as a sixth seed, which would make for a more manageable opening-round playoff series.
But still, Thursday’s win will mean a lot more if the Red Wings can get a point or two Saturday vs. Pittsburgh at Joe Louis Arena.
Riley Sheahan’s two goals were big. The Red Wings desperately need production for him. Anthony Mantha’s first NHL goal was inside. Another good sign. Luke Glendening and Dylan Larkin also played well. What wasn’t so good – the way the Red Wings had to hold on at the end. The Red Wings are still struggling to find a level of consistency. It’s beyond time to find it. It’s overdue.
I will be talking about the game tonight with Dennis Fithian.
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