NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Detroit|
(Friday, December 10th)
Final Score: Detroit 4, Montreal 2
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Pavel Datsyuk notched a goal and one assist as
Detroit doubled up Montreal, 4-2, at Joe Louis Arena.
Nicklas Lidstrom, Patrick Eaves and Niklas Kronwall also tallied for the Red
Wings, who snapped a three-game slide.
Jimmy Howard picked up his 16th win of the season with 36 saves, including 18
in the third period alone.
"I thought Price was sensational for them early and I thought Howard was
sensational for us late," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "Every time we
turned it over we were in trouble, except for the third period. I thought we
were pretty good for two periods and I thought we were better for the third
Travis Moen and Benoit Pouliot scored for the Canadiens, whose three-game win
streak was halted. Carey Price gave up three goals on 31 shots in the loss,
his first in regulation since November 22.
Pouliot's 40-foot blast up the middle got the Habs within 3-2 at the 7:43 mark
of the third period, but Howard was able to stand tall on the frequent
Montreal chances down the stretch -- including a falling glove save on
Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban with 2:39 to go.
Eaves was able to put the clincher into an empty net with 46 seconds
remaining, giving Detroit its eighth win over Montreal in its last 10 home
Montreal scored first, at 11:25 of the opening period, when Moen found an
errant Mike Cammalleri pass at the back boards and scored off Howard's back.
Detroit left just two seconds on the clock in the first to even the game
during a 5-on-3 power play, as Lidstrom cranked home a shot that Datsyuk set
It was 2-1 for the Wings at 3:48 of the second period, when a fallen Danny
Cleary pushed the puck back to a streaking Kronwall for a wrister under the
Datsyuk pushed the lead to 3-1 with 4 1/2 minutes to play in the second as he
beat Price on the backhand inside the right post.
Datsyuk recorded his second straight multi-point game and his ninth of the
season...Subban returned after being a healthy scratch for the last three
games...The Wings have won four of the last five meetings with the Canadiens
overall, dating back to January, 2007.
12/11 03:57:41 ET