In Red Wings debut, Ville Husso shuts out Canadiens

October 14, 2022;  Detroit, Michigan, USA;  Detroit Red Wings goalie Ville Husso (35) makes a save in the first period against the Montreal Canadiens at Little Caesars Arena.  Mandatory credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Ville Husso made 29 saves in his Detroit Red Wings debut in a 3-0 season-opening win over the visiting Montreal Canadiens on Friday.

Jake Allen made 37 saves in the loss against Montreal, which is 1-1 this season.

In his NHL debut, 2019 draft pick Elmer Soderblom scored late in the third period for Detroit, which had Derek Lalonde behind the bench in his first game as an NHL head coach.

Michael Rasmussen had a hand in all three goals, scoring once and adding two assists.

After two scoreless periods, Detroit broke through with 17:27 left.

After some pressure in the Montreal zone, Allen saved a Rasmussen turnaround attempt, but the rebound went in front of the goal to Soderblom, who put the puck past Allen to give Detroit a 1-0 lead.

With 2:26 left, Montreal decided to pull Allen for an extra forward.

But the Canadiens couldn’t create any serious chances before Detroit put the game away with 1:01 left on an empty-net goal by Rasmussen.

After the Red Wings cleared the puck out of their zone, Andrew Copp made a pass from center ice in the Montreal zone to Rasmussen, who pushed the puck into the empty net to make it 2-0 Detroit.

The Red Wings made it 3-0 with 47.9 seconds left when Olli Maatta fired a shot from center ice into an empty net.

That was more than enough for Huss, who was bought from St. Louis.

Detroit ran the game in the first period, outscoring Montreal 25-10.

The 25 shots were more than Detroit had in one period during any game last season.

The second period was more even, Detroit outplayed Montreal 9-8.

Each team went 0-for-3 on the power play as Detroit outscored Montreal 38-24.

– Media in the field

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