MONTREAL — You've seen the movie.
The one where the Detroit Red Wings dominate their opponent for the better part of 60 minutes. The one where they play solidly on both ends of the ice. The one where they're close, oh, so close, to a pair of points that could loom large in their playoff hunt.
And the one where they squander all that dominance, all that solid play, and come so close yet oh, so far from those two points by allowing a late goal and end up losing in extra time.
The latest showing of that movie came Wednesday night at the Bell Centre.
Except this time, there was a different ending.
Gustav Nyquist wrote it with 28 seconds left in overtime, scoring on a rebound off a Danny DeKeyser shot from the blue line as the Wings did blow that late lead but recovered to beat the Canadiens, 2-1.
The credits rolled as follows: Nyquist, for the game-winner. Johan Franzen, back in the lineup after missing six games, and the Olympics, with concussion-like symptoms, for two assists. Todd Bertuzzi, back in the lineup after sitting out eight games as a healthy scratch, for scoring his first goal since Dec. 10 - a span of 18 games. And last but not least, Jimmy Howard, for playing 59:32 seconds of flawless goalie until Canadiens center Brian Gionta tied the game with a wicked backhander in the waning seconds, past Howard's blocker and into the top shelf.
But Nyquist's goal wiped the bad taste out of the Wings' mouth and set their final 24 games of the regular season off on a good note, as they gained a point on the Canadiens, who sit two spots and five points above them in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division.
For 59 minutes, the Wings dominated Montreal defensively, allowing just 20 shots, tied for sixth least against this season.
Howard wasn't tested much - once, most notably, halfway through the third period when Brendan Gallagher crashed the net from his right and nearly pushed the puck past the red line.
The red light went on but referee Darcy Burchell instantly waved it off from behind the net, play continued, and so did the Wings' defensive effort.
Bertuzzi opened the scoring at 14:01 of the first period, when Franzen found him camped at the side of the net and Canadiens' goaltender Peter Budaj looking the other way.
It stayed that way until Gionta's goal, with the Wings' neutralizing a pair of Montreal power-plays with strong penalty kills, and playing effective hockey much the way last year's team did in scrapping into the playoffs.
In his return, Franzen tallied two assists for his first multipoint game since Dec. 10, the same game Bertuzzi was last seen in the scoresheet.
Pavel Datsyuk led the Wings' forwards with 18:26 of ice time.
They continue their brief trip through eastern Canada tonight in Ottawa.