NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Detroit|
(Wednesday, November 26th)
Final Score: Montreal 3, Detroit 1
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Tomas Plekanec's first goal in nine games
proved to be the game-winner, as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Detroit
Red Wings, 3-1, at Joe Louis Arena.
Maxim Lapierre and Christopher Higgins also scored for the Canadiens, who
snapped a two-game slide. Carey Price stopped 32 shots to pick up the win.
"Probably one of our more complete games of the year, at both ends of the
rink," Price said.
Johan Franzen had the lone goal for Detroit, which was handed just its third
regulation loss of the season (14-3-4). Ty Conklin gave up three goals on 25
shots in defeat.
"I think they were clogging up the neutral zone pretty good," said Detroit
forward Henrik Zetterberg. "We couldn't get the puck behind them. They took
advantage of a few of our mistakes and we couldn't find a way to get through
Following a scoreless first period, the Canadiens erupted for three goals in
the middle stanza.
Lapierre struck for the game's opening tally at the 5:23 mark, then Montreal
used the power play to build a 2-0 cushion. Plekanec made a cross-ice pass to
Andrei Markov in the right circle and hammered the defenseman's return feed
past Conklin's glove with 7:43 remaining.
Higgins capped the barrage 80 seconds later off a Detroit turnover. He
collected a drop pass from Saku Koivu and slid a backhander along the ice that
made its way through traffic.
Franzen broke up Price's shutout bid with 6:29 remaining in the third period.
Montreal left wing Alex Tanguay left the contest in the first period with an
undisclosed injury and did not return. He was on the receiving end of a heavy
hit from Detroit defenseman Brad Stuart...Detroit is 4-2-2 at home...The
Canadiens are 7-3-2 away from the Bell Centre...Montreal had lost seven of its
previous eight in Motown...Detroit left wing Tomas Holmstrom missed his fourth
straight game due to back spasms...Montreal went 1-for-3 on the power play,
while the Red Wings were 0-for-3.
11/26 23:58:50 ET