There was no shortage of motivation for defenseman Jeff Petry when the Montreal Canadiens visited the Detroit Red Wings in early January.
For starters, it was a homecoming for Petry, who grew up and developed his love of hockey in the suburbs of the Motor City. Petry and his teammates were also hoping to bounce back from a loss the previous evening when the Canadiens disappointed a home crowd at the Bell Centre by falling 1-0 to the Minnesota Wild. The defeat had been particularly tough on Petry. While trying to clear the puck from the Montreal zone, he threw a blind pass up the middle. It ended up on the stick of the Wild’s Mikael Granlund, who fired it home for the game’s only goal.
But this was another night, another game, and Petry redeemed himself by scoring the winning goal in a 3-...
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