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 enough."
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