The Red Wings earned a big two points last night against the Canadiens after Gustav Nyquist potted his 15th of the year in the last minute of overtime. The win pulled the Wings another two points ahead of the three eastern conference teams (Columbus, Ottawa, Washington) breathing down their neck for the last wild card spot in the east.
The game was also a return to the lineup for Johan Franzen and Todd Bertuzzi. Bertuzzi has been a healthy scratch for the last eight games and aside from one game at the end of January, Franzen has been out since mid-December. Bert and the Mule connected to put the Wings ahead early in the first and Franzen found the score sheet a second time on Nyquist’s game winning overtime goal. Mike Bab**** admitted the top line (Bertuzzi - Datsyuk - Franzen) might be a little rusty, (the three combine for only 15 games in 2014 - and ten of those are Bertuzzi’s) but there isn’t anywhere to go but up for that line.
While the two points the Wings picked up were big, giving up the extra point to the Habs, who now sit five point ahead of the Wings could add to the story of single points left on the table. Had the Wings been able to hold the Habs off for just 29 more seconds, they would only need two wins to make up the ground between them and the third place Canadiens. Just like the 12 potential points lost in overtime or shootouts so far this season, those single points add up and in a tight race, it could be the difference between holding a hockey stick or a golf club in May.