Gustav Nyquist scored on a rebound with 28 seconds left in overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 win over the Canadiens in Montreal in the first post-Olympic game for both teams Wednesday night.
Montreal had goalie Peter Budaj pulled for an extra attacker when captain Brian Gionta scored with 29 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
A team coached by Detroit’s Mike Babcock, who led Canada to the gold medal, had not allowed a goal since Lauris Darzins got one at 15:41 of the first period of Canada’s 2-1 win over Latvia in the quarterfinals in Sochi.
Todd Bertuzzi scored in the first period for Detroit.
The Bell Centre crowd booed as the Canadiens tested the Red Wings’ Jimmy Howard only twice in the second period. Detroit had a 30-20 shot advantage overall. But the fans were on their feet as Gionta collected a puck at the side of the net in a scramble and backhanded the tying goal into a top corner.
Two players who used the Olympic break to heal from injuries combined for the opening goal as Johan Franzen, back from a concussion, fed Bertuzzi at the edge of the crease for a power-play goal 14:01 into the game.
Bertuzzi had missed eight games with an upper-body problem.
Kings 6, Avalanche 4 — Anze Kopitar had two goals, including the decisive score in the third period, and Los Angeles rallied past Colorado in Denver.
Kopitar’s second goal of the night and 19th of the season put the Kings, who trailed by two goals midway through the second period, back in front.
The Kings were on the power play when Jeff Carter, in the middle of a scramble in front of the net, swung at a loose puck, sending it straight up in the air. When the puck hit the ice, Kopitar got his stick on it and sent it into the net past goalie Jean-Sebastian Giguere at 3:13 of the third period.
Justin Williams added an empty-net goal with 11 seconds left to round out the scoring as both teams returned to action after the Olympic break.
Canucks 1, Blues 0 — Jannik Hansen scored midway through the third period to lift host Vancouver past St. Louis.