Red Wings down Canadiens
Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist and Jimmy Howard made 36 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 on Friday night in the matchup between Original Six rivals.
Nicklas Lidstrom, Niklas Kronwall and Patrick Eaves also scored for Detroit. Howard made a spectacular glove save while flat on his back on P.K. Subban's shot off a rebound with 2:39 left.
Travis Moen and Benoit Pouliot scored for Montreal. Carey Price stopped 28 shots.
A large contingent of Montreal fans traded ''Go Habs go!'' chants with Red Wings supporters' chants of ''Go Wings go!'' and urged on Price with shouts of ''Carey! Carey!'' after a couple of sequences.
Pouliot pulled Montreal to 3-2 at 7:43 of the third period on a slap shot from the high slot area for his seventh goal. Eaves got an empty-net goal in the final minute.
Detroit took a 3-1 lead with two goals in the second period.
Kronwall made it 2-1 at 3:48 when he beat Price from the slot for Kronwall's sixth goal. Danny Cleary sent a pass to Kronwall while Cleary was on his knees in the right circle.
Datsyuk's 10th goal gave the Red Wings a two-goal lead with 4:29 left in the second. He took a pass from Jonathan Ericsson, who came out of the penalty box seconds earlier, in the neutral zone, cut in from the right side and beat Price with a backhander high on the short side.
Lidstrom tied it at 1 with 1.2 seconds left in the first period on a 5-on-3 power play. He poked in a pass from Tomas Holmstrom after Josh Georges' turnover in the left corner.
The goal was upheld by video review.
Moen opened the scoring for Montreal with 8:35 left in the opening period, banking a shot in off of Howard's leg from behind the net.