NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Montreal
(Tuesday, December 4th)
Final Score: Detroit 4, Montreal 1
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Pavel Datsyuk's two goals and one assist paced Detroit over Montreal, 4-1, at Bell Centre.
Niklas Kronvall and Henrik Zetterberg also tallied for the Red Wings, who have won four consecutive games and are the first NHL team to reach the 40-point plateau.
Dominik Hasek needed only 15 saves to earn his sixth win of the season.
Chris Higgins provided the lone offense for the Canadiens, who have dropped five of their last six.
Carey Price allowed four goals on 34 shots, falling to 6-4-1 on the season.
Datsyuk's wrister from the high slot with 3:20 left in the first period managed to squeeze through Price's pads and give the Wings a 1-0 lead.
The Habs tied the score 4:15 into the second, as Saku Koivu's dish to the slot hit a skate and bounced to Higgins, who lifted a backhander under the crossbar.
Datsyuk struck again with 8:52 to play in the second, when he zipped a wrister from the right circle high and inside the left post for a 2-1 Detroit advantage.
"I had a lot of shots and chances to score," Datsyuk said. "I wanted to get a hat trick, which would be my first, but not tonight. It still would be my dream."
Kronvall made it a two-goal game when his point blast deflected off the stick of Habs defenseman Patrice Brisebois and past Price with 6:15 remaining in the period.
Montreal did not record a shot through the opening seven minutes of the third period, and Zetterberg added a power-play goal to clinch the game with 6:10 left in the contest.
"It's a new low point because we know we haven't played our best to win games in the past three weeks," Koivu admitted about the Habs' recent stretch. "We're going through some rough times. Right now, I'd like to turn the page. We have to learn from our mistakes, and it will be a lot better for us."
The clubs, from the Original Six franchises, had not met in Montreal since a 2-1 Canadiens win on October 20, 2003...Koivu has just one goal in the last 15 games...Habs forward Steve Begin left the game early in the first period after taking a hard hit from Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja near boards by defensive blue line. Begin returned late and fought Lilja with under a minute left...Ten former Red Wings and Canadiens were honored in a pre-game ceremony celebrating the rivalry, which has existed since Detroit entered the NHL in 1926.
12/04 22:49:05 ET